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Government intervenes in gold mining violence
 NDANATSIWA TAGWIREYI
Zvishavane Correspondent
Zvishavane-Government has set up a committee that will look into the increasing number of violent clashes, over gold claims in most mining communities, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Walter Chidhakwa has said.

Delivering his speech at a handover ceremony of the donation of food staffs to Mberengwa and Zvishavane flood victims at Mimosa Mining Company on Friday, Minister Chidhakwa expressed concern over gold battles involving the use of machetes among small scale miners in the province with some resulting in fatalities.
 'Two weeks back, cabinet received a report from State security concerning battles involving gold miners, we discussed this issue and a cabinet committee that will look into such violent clashes was set up to look into the matter.
"Visits will be conducted throughout the country where gold panning is happening," Chidhakwa said.
According to the Minister, he will be meeting the political leadership in various provinces together with the Minister of Home Affairs Ignatius Chombo, Minister of Defense Sydney Sekeramayi, and the Minister of State Security, Kembo Mohadi in a bid to stamp out the vice.
Bloody battles over gold claims have been witnessed where there is alluvial gold mining in the country. In November last year, an alleged gang leader of gold panners, Qulisani Moyo from Mat South died after his right foot was cut off in a fight over a mining claim in Filabusi.
Elsewhere, a gold panner from Lower Gweru died after he was allegedly stabbed by four illegal miners over gold, while in July 2016, eight gold panners from Mberengwa sustained serious injuries after they were assaulted with machetes by rival panners over a rich gold mine claim. News




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CHARITY MAZVIHWA

MASVINGO - A security guard at Masvingo Teachers' College has been remanded in prison after he allegedly raped a student at the institution.
Pedzisai Takawira (35) allegedly found a female student and her boyfriend out of bounds on a date not indicated on the State outline. He confiscated the two students' school IDs but allegedly later called the girl to a secluded room near the school dining room and offered back the IDs on condition the two had sex.
Takawira switched off the lights and then allegedly had sex with the complainant once without her consent.
The matter was reported to the complainant's boyfriend and college authorities on the same night leading to a report at Rujeko Police station which saw the arrest of Takawira the following day.
The matter was brought before Magistrate Langton Ndokera with James Murambiza representing the State. The accused was remanded in prison and the case will continue on March 21, 2016.crime news


ELIZABETH MASHIRI
MIDLANDS BUREAU

GWERU – A Guinea Fowl High School English teacher who harassed a form two pupil by giving her too high marks or low marks, verbally abused her and excluded her from lessons has been given a two-month jail term or a fine of $200 after being convicted of the charges laid against her.
Thandiwe Ncube (48) appeared before Gweru Magistrate Musayiwona Shotgame and she pleaded not guilty to the charges.
 Passing sentence Shotgame considered that Ncube was a first offender but he said that it will not leave out the fact that the accused is entrusted to protect the child she abused.
It is the State case that in January last year the complainant fell ill and as a result could not go to school. The mother of the complainant went to explain the situation to the teacher but Ncube allegedly failed to understand and started victimising the pupil.
Ncube insulted the complainant and told her that she will make her life miserable through unspecified means.
At times Ncube would give her lower marks, refuse to mark her school work and capture her results.
The court further heard that Ncube would withdraw the pupil from class discussions and learning groups which had a bad impact on her performance in exams.crime news




ARTWELL WIKIREFU

MWENEZI – Some 200 villagers who lay claim to the Majingwe Wildlife Conservancy in Mwenezi have engaged a lawyer to fight National Parks and Wildlife Authority which they allege is trying to wrestle their project from them.
Majingwe Wildlife Conservancy Chairman John Magovanyika confirmed the wrangle in an interview with The Mirror and alleged that the Wildlife Authority is trying to bring in an investor to hijack their project.
Magovanyika said that the villagers were allocated Majingwe Farm by Government during the fast track land reform programme in 2002 and they have offer letters to it. He said they realised that the farm had wild animals and they subdivided it, creating one section for wildlife, another for their cattle and another for tilling.
"We then invited the National Parks Department to come and help us make an animal count and manage the wildlife section since we didn't have the relevant knowledge. They joined us but now they are jealous because the project has grown and they are threatening to evict us from the farm and bring what they call an investor," said Magovanyika.
The villagers have since engaged Chinawa Law Chambers to handle their case and the law firm has since written to the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage in Mwenezi to intervene in the matter.
Mwenezi District Administrator Rosemary Chingwe confirmed the wrangle and referred questions to the National Parks Department.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Masvingo Regional Manager Luke Njiva confirmed the wrangle but said that it was being handled at the national headquarters. The letter by the lawyers was also copied to the CEO, Mwenezi Rural District Council. 
"After inviting the National Parks, it is now seeking to remove the community from the farm and handing it to someone they are referring to as an investor. The community ordinarily is resisting this," reads part of the lawyer's letter to the Minister.
Magovanyika said the villagers are not going to allow their conservancy to be taken over.
"We are not going anywhere, we are waiting for the Government and the Police to come and evict us. We are the real owners of Majingwe Farm and the Parks Authority should stay away from us. They now see that our project is flourishing and they want to evict us, but that is not going to happen," he added.
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NKULUMANI MLAMBO

GUTU – Pious Chitagu, the head for Gumindoga Secondary in Gutu Central has died.
He died at Claybank Clinic in Gweru two weeks ago just days before his 65th birthday and retirement date from public service.
He is father to former Mirror news editor and current Newsday Masvingo province reporter Tatenda Chitagu.
Chitagu was born in Gutu in Shuro Village under Chief Chiwara and did his primary education at Majada then went to Gokomere High for secondary education.
He enrolled for a teaching diploma at Gweru Teachers' college now Midlands State University and later went to Mlezu College for specialisation in agriculture.
He was appointed deputy head at Mutero High School and was later transferred to Gumindoga Secondary as head until the time of his death.
Chitagu was laid to rest at his homestead in Shuro Village last Sunday where hundreds of people converged to pay their last respects including the deputy provincial director Syleveste Tererai, district schools inspector for Gutu James Mahofa, former Dewure head John Ziki, Alheit Chin'ombe head David Tagutanazvo and several journalists from Masvingo.
Gutu Central legislator Lovemore Matuke described the late Chitagu as forthright person who enjoyed helping others.
"Chitagu was so frank and at one time he told me that if I don't repair the roads no one would vote for me. We used to work very well together when I was at Gutu Council and he helped me quite a lot in my work," said Matuke.
"We have lost a pillar of strength in the family and the education sector as many people passed through his hands. He helped a lot of people to attain their dreams in life, he was a unifier, caring and had genuine love," said Tatenda Chitagu.
The late Chitagu is survived by six children five girls and one boy and three grandchildren.local news


TAKUDZWA SIDUNA

MASVINGO – The planned installation of new Headman Nemanwa billed to have taken place on March 1, 2017 was stopped after members of the clan protested the imposition of a candidate.
Bothwell Mushayi who led a family delegation in an interview with The Mirror accused the president of the Chiefs Council, Chief Fortune Charumbira of trying to impose his own man as the next Headman Nemanwa following the death of the last headman.
Mushayi said Charumbira must not be involved in the succession process of Nemanwa as he was not a member of the family. He said Charumbira was trying to impose Wilson Vengesa by virtue of him having produced a birth certificate which showed that he was the oldest among those vying for the position.
He said Masvingo District Administrator's office had planned the installation of Vengesa for March 1, but Mushayi who is the secretary for Nemanwa Headmanship said his committee wrote a petition to the new District Administrator, Roy Hove protesting against the move and the event was stopped.
Hove claimed he was busy when contacted for comment but later switched off his mobile phone.
Efforts to get comment from Chief Charumbira were fruitless as his mobile phone was not being answered up to the time of going to press.
Mushayi said Charumbira influenced the former District Administrator James Mazvidza not to accept and recognise the acting Headman Nemanwa born Paul Masvireka who is the grandson of the late headman. He said Masvireka has been acting for the past three years in accordance with accepted tradition of materera but three years on he still gets no Government recognition because Charumbira does not want him.
"Our succession process has been frustrated by Chief Charumbira who was using former DA Mazvidza who is his close relative. Mazvidza is an uncle to Charumbira and was appointed as DA through the influence of Charumbira who was then Deputy Minister of Local Government.
"It must be remembered that Nemanwa is the one who appointed Charumbira as headman a century back and now it is Fortune Charumbira who wants to play the superior. We are not answerable to Charumbira. History has it that we were in this area from as early as 758AD and yet Charumbira only arrived around 1865 and he married in our family hence we gave him some land," said Mushayi.
Mazvidza refused to comment saying he is now retired and nolonger in the office.
\Mushayi also accused the then acting DA Peacemaker Muzenda of siding with Charumbira.
Muzenda did not pick-up her phone when reached for comment.
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ELIZABETH MASHIRI
MIDLANDS BUREAU

GWERU -  Parents at Fletcher High School have re-elected Reformed Church University lecturer John Mutonono and two other back into the School Developments Committee during the Annual General Meeting held at the school two weeks ago.
Mutonono is holding the post of chairman for the second year running. Vice Chairman Kanyai and former treasurer Gundani were also re-elected back to their positions. New members are Muchekeni who is to take over as the secretary and Baloni as committee member.
Mutonono was unanimously re-elected back to the position.
Mutonono is a former Banker who worked for five banks in Zimbabwe, he is also a holder of a Masters Degree in finance and investment with NUST.
"I am a banker by profession, a holder of a Masters in Finance and Investment and currently I am a part-time lecturer at Zimbabwe Open University and Reformed Church University where I teach investment, management, banking and finance," said Mutonono
The re-elected chairman said that he had a big vision for the school and he want to make sure that big projects are done to improve pupils learning environment.
"I have a very big vision for the school so far we need purified water for our kids. Two of our boreholes were closed because they are contaminated so we are working on a small water treatment system for our pupils. We will also look at improving the school's road network and improving accommodation facilities for both teachers and pupils.
One of the most important missions I have is to improve the school's pass rate.  There is big room for better results because there is poor performance in some subjects," said Mutonono.education news