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Nompi lifts Masvingo flag at ZimFashion Week




Twenty seven year old Nompumelelo Marylin Samabgwa grew up in Rukato close ,Yeukai, Masvingo where she was living with her grandmother before relocating to Harare.
 She did her primary level at Gokomere Primary school in 1997 and her ''O'' level at Mucheke High shool in  2002 before moving to Harare to live with her mother.
Nompumelelo  is in her final year at Chinhoyi University where studying Fashion and designing .
She started designing when she was seventeen  where she would redesign her own clothes and now she is advancing in the studies.
Nompumeleo says her talent was identified by Creed Katsande who encouraged he to take up fashion school at her college but her single mother could not afford the money at the time.
 Her collection won the young designers competition in 2013 and this swimsuit collection was showcased at the Zim Fashion week and it won the third prize at Bulawayo clothing Indaba 2014.
 She designs her clothes from her home studio in the Avenues, Wansford town houses Josiah Chinamano and Colquhoun in Harare.



Above models showcasing swimsuits from Nompumelelo Marylin Samabgwa
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I BEG YOUR PARDON CDE GRACE




By Retired Lt. Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi -14 October 2014


Ngwena and Dr. Mai can actually work out a working relationship where one becomes the President and the other the Prime Minister or President and Deputy, and we members of the Party will proudly participate in free and fair primaries supervised by our current President to decide who becomes what. This will totally unravell the succession trap strategy being bedded by the incumbency.
As far as I am concerned, Dr Mai and Ngwena should refuse to be used. They have shown undivided and individualized support for the incumbency for the past 37 years.
Ngwena should not expect to benefit by way of the fringe benefits that will be created with the anticipated fall of Dr Mai Mujuru.
But the main causative factors to current problems in my Party can be attributed to a defective ZANU (PF) constitution which totally surrenders the whole country to one man at the expense of an otherwise good constitution which should uphold the right of individuals to aspire and also to be motivated by personal interest for power. It must otherwise clearly legalise an open contestation for political power within the Party which currently is being criminalized by Amai.
One of the greatest political think tanks ever to be associated with ZANU PF, Dr Edison Zvobgo, once pointed out that in public and mass organizations such as ZANU PF, one should be able to look at the calendar and be able say, "on such and such a date, that guy is going".

But indeed if you ever wake up from a dream with Amai being a President of ZANU PF, let alone of Zimbabwe, you must quickly take to your prayers that such a taboo should never again recur to you.


But then, this development pitting Amai and the rest of the other factitions in ZANU (PF) is very lamentable because it automatically creates two centres of power, two reporting channels and indeed two presidents within the same Party.
The panacea to the revival of ZANU (PF) as a world and regional power in the mould of the ANC of South Africa, SWAPO of Namibia, Frelimo of Mozambique  and Chama - Chamapinduzi of Tanzania, is then in changing its own constitution so that all positions become elective – rather for all members to place themselves at the mercy of one leader, who obviously as a human being is also influenced by other intrinsic motivational factors.
As I am about to blow off the midnight candle in concluding this article I felt I should get divine salvation.  I decided to get more spiritual guidance from a verse in Leviticus which proclaimed to me that "chinouraisa vanhu vangu kushaya zivo". As I planted an antagonistic glare into space wondering how such a maritime prophesy, tens of thousands of years ago can still be so strongly – spiritually apt and predictive in our current era of errors. I suddenly found myself mining a popular Reformed Church hym…… "nha..aa..mbo dziii.....nongo….siyeeenda; nguva; zu…va; go..re; pasi pa…….no tinowooo …..shaiwa …….." 

Retired Lt. Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi is a former ZANLA  combatant, former ZANU PF Provincial spokesperson for Masvingo and has recently submitted his final 4-year PhD in Business Administration Degree report at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).

New lodge opens in Mwenezi




•    Mountain top conference centre in the offing

Morris Bishi - MWENEZI
– Sleepy and remote Mwenezi District has something new to smile about.
Indigenous people are starting to see the business potential in their area, thanks to Manyuchi Dam, Zimbabwe's third largest inland dam.
A local businessman has completed Manyuchi Dam's first ever lodge, the Manyuchi Lodge and in the offing is a mountain top conference centre whose construction will start anytime soon.
 Mwenezi is a destination for many Non Governmental Organisations due to the far-flung drought-prone district's perennial need for assistance. NGOs' personnel need a quiet and peaceful place to put up after a day's arduous work in the simmering area and the place is certainly the new Manyuchi Dam Lodge.
Because of the dam, Manyuchi has also become a fishers' and hunters' paradise. Hundreds of fishers go to the area every year and hunters also go there for an adventure killing a crocodile or the hippo after getting the hunting certificate from Mwenezi District Council.
It is also a place for a family to cool off far from the madding crowd. The dam stands proud several kilometres away from the madding crowd in the nearest village. It is a paradise of peace and tranquillity occasionally broken by the chirping bird, the fighting hippos and the hunter's gunfire.
Manyuchi Dam is 120 km outside Neshuro Growth Point. One travels 120km from Masvingo along Masvingo- Beitbridge Road and branches off to the right a few kilometres after Lundi Business Centre.
There is a stretch of a well maintained 33km road to Neshuro and from there one proceeds 12 km to the district's paradise.
Manyuchi Lodge which is owned by a former NRZ employee, Obert Zvenyika Shiriyapenga has brought convenience to many who had been facing overnight accommodation challenges in Mwenezi.
The lodge which was officially opened in January 2014 is just meters away from the shores of the dam. The lodge has eight bedrooms all with en-suite facilities and comfortable amenities. It is located in a silent mountainous area where guests can view the water from all the rooms.
Shiriyapenga is a holder of a Masters in Business Leadership and worked for 32 years at NRZ and retired at the rank of Area Manager. He has experience in travelling and accommodation issues since he was working in the marketing department and on several times visited Manyuchi Dam.
"I decided to invest my retirement package into this project and being a local, the opportunity gave me all the strength to do something in my area and I have so far  spent between $120 – 150 000," said Shiriyapenga.
The lodge was constructed in the model of a cultural village and it is also convenient for weddings and other social gatherings.
The rooms are thatched with grass, the area does not have electricity but all houses are powered by solar for lighting, gas for cooking and hot water. There is also self catering
"Basically we are creating a home away from home for hunters and fishermen who come to Manyuchi Dam. We also have campsites near the water where tents which can accommodate more people can be pitched".
Shiriyapenga's aim is to build more rooms and the construction of a bigger conference centre which will be on top of a mountain will commence soon.
"My aim is that by 2017, Manyuchi Lodge will be one of the leading lodges in Masvingo Province", said Shiriyapenga. news

Taxi driver who overturned at petrol service station in court for reckless driving



Joy Mazhinye -MASVINGO
– Former MDC T MP Tachiona Mharadze Chiminya's driver is in court facing charges of reckless driving after his vitz car overturned at Glow Service station two months ago as he sped from Masvingo Municipal Police.
Clever Chipinda (23) is being accused of reckless driving after the municipal police threw spikes under the wheels of his taxi, forcing it to skid and overturn before landing on its back at the service station on August 14 2014.
The incident occurred three weeks after the public burnt to ashes a municipal police vehicle that crashed a three-month baby belonging to a vegetable vendor to death at Mucheke Bus Terminus.
Chipinda is being represented by Florence Baloyi from Chuma, Gurajena and Partners.
Maxwell Gono, a municipal police officer gave evidence during the trial.
Gono told the Court that he placed the spike under the car while it was stationery. He said he told the accused that he had been arrested for picking passengers at an undesignated point but the accused sped off at high speed with the spikes under the wheels leading to the accident.
It is the State case that onAugust 14, 2014,  Chipinda drove a Toyota Vitz in a reckless manner failing to realize whether an accident may result from his conduct or not.
The accused was spotted by Masvingo City Council traffic officers picking or dropping passengers near Pick n Pay.
The officers told the accused that he had been arrested and threw a metal spike beneath the car to immobilize it.
Accused is said to have taken off despite the spikes and on approaching the corner of Leopold Takawira and Hofmeyer Street he lost control of vehicle and bumped onto Glow Petroleum Garage's pavement before overturning with the vehicle sustaining serious damages
Gono who was on duty on the day also said the car was a private vehicle not meant to ferry passengers and the accused was blocking a service line. He denied that the spikes were thrown while the vehicle was in motion.
The matter was heard before Magistrate Tafadzwa Mhlanga.
 Second witness, Farai Banda could not testify due to communication barrier since he had hearing disability thus leading trial to be continued on 04 November, 2014. news

Judge impressed by captors’ courage




•    Give the boys jobs either at ZRP or ZNA
.      Minister Bhasikiti wants to assist

Mirror Reporter - MASVINGO – High Court Judge, Justice Francis Bere has showered two young men from Ngundu who chased after and apprehended an armed robber who had just killed a vendor and injured several other people at the Growth Point.
Justice Bere who was on High Court Circuit in Masvingo and was delivering judgment on the  Mozambican citizen convicted of murder with actual intent said Takaedza Mananavire and David Tsindikira exhibited rare courage when they captured Isaac Mhlambo after chasing him for about three kilometres.
Justice Bere also extended his gratitude to members of the community who ran after the accused.
"I must appreciate the courage exhibited by Mananavire and Tsindikira when they pursued and captured the accused. They exhibited rare courage. It is very rare for people to put their life on the edge in such circumstances. The evidence of the two actors proved beyond doubt the case against the accused. Their evidence cemented the case.
"I want to extent the same tribute to the community at large as they all joined in the chase against the accused leading to his capture," said Justice Bere.
Many people including court officials said after the court that an appeal could be made to the Judge to write a letter to Government to see if the two unemployed young men can be assisted with jobs.
"These boys did not just exhibit courage but rare skills and strategy in pursuing an armed men and capturing him. It is quite normal for a judge to write a report to Government and see if they cannot be absorbed either in the army or the Police," said one senior lawyer in Masvingo.
The Minister of state for  Masvingo Kudakwashe Bhasikiti said he would want to see the judge's comments and would do as much as possible to get these "boys to use their skills to benifit the nation."
"It is a meritorious case and i want to ,meet the two boys and weigh the case"
Mlambo caused havoc at Ngundu Growth Point on Boxing Day last year when he shot into foreign currency vendors and killed Witness Chibaya. He stripped Chibaya of all the cash that he had before shooting him from point black with a pistol.
Hordes of people ran after Mlambo but it was Mananavire and Tsindikira who outpaced them.Mananavire ran ahead of the accused and hid behind a tree and waited for the armed robber to approach.
As soon as he approached, Mananavire tripped him, sending him falling headlong onto the ground. He jumped onto and sat on the accused's back with Tsindikira immediately rushing for the right hand that was holding the gun. news

Corruption free judiciary will make work easy for lawyers - Ndokera




Ellen Mlambo - MASVINGO
– Masvingo Provincial Magistrate Langton Ndokera has commended the Law Society of Zimbabwe for holding open days and urged them to work for a corrupt free judiciary system as this will make the lawyers' work easy.
He said the more corrupt the judiciary system the more difficult the work of lawyers will become.
Ndokera was speaking at the Law Society of Zimbabwe Open Day held in Masvingo on Saturday.
"I appreciate the impact being exerted by lawyers towards the public's attaining of justice," said Ndokera.
Masvingo residents, law firms, magistrates and Government officials were among the people who attended the day.
 Some 11 law firms had stands at Masvingo Civic Center where the event took place and gave free advice to members of the public.
The Minister of Energy and Power Development Dzikamai Mavhaire was the guest of honour while Masvingo Mayor, Hurbert Fidze and Provincial Magistrate Langton Ndokera also attended the function.
The objective of the Open day was to allow members of the profession to interact amongst themselves and with members of the public.
The 11 law firms that were represented at the event were Chihambakwe and Makonese, Mwonzora and Partners, Shumba and Mutendi, Ndlovu and Hwacha, the Legal Resources Foundation, Matutu and Kwirira, Ruvengo Maboke, Saratoga and Partners, Zimbabwe Women lawyers Association, Muzenda and Partners, Herbert Chitepo and Law school and Ruvengo Maboke.
Speaking at the conference, Ndokera said he appreciates the effort imparted by lawyers to the public and the cordial relationship that exist between them and the judiciary.
He went on to say that the more corrupt the judiciary is, the more difficult it is to the lawyers.news

I BEG YOUR PARDON CDE GRACE







By  Retired Lt. Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi - 14 October 2014
- Just as we all thought that Amai was going to do the logical thing and take a neutral political stance in ZANU PF's fractious situation, and shame the divisive elements within the party, she has the most grotesque surprise in store for us.  She goes gullivanting across the length and breath of the country, ranting and raving about some people's alleged disloyalty towards her husband.
One would have thought that is was the onus of the party leader injured by the so called disloyalty to say it out himself. But alas, there goes our lady, spitting a bitter concoction of threats, vitriol and caustic diatribes at adversaries, real and or imagined; taking the opportunity at every turn to cast aspersions at shadows without let or hinderance.
I looked at the TV clip yaAmai yeku Chinhoyi, Bulawayo and Mutare, and also attended her rally in Masvingo. The common denominator of all her so-called "thank the people rallies" is kungopopotera vanhu vakuru veZANU PF – as if nyika ino yakavaresvera ivo nemhuri yavo. She forgets that all of us have supported her husband for the past 37 years since 1977 when he was appointed or selected to be the President of the Party, on the basis of respect for seniority in the Party.  (The same yardstick which VaMutasa is propagating for today in the Party's election and selection of leaders.)  For 37 long years the broad spectrum of ZANU PF members have shown President Mugabe individualized and undivided support.  For 37 years they have shown resolute and absolute loyalty; indeed in 37 years we have known no other leader other than her husband.
The generality of ZANU PF was solidly behind his programmes, political experiments, intimations, fears, anxieties and sided with him in any internal and external political battles for which he called for national support and comfort. She forgets that appreciative reciprocation is good leadership; to equally support those of your own who previously supported you as well. Indeed a good leader is one who equally submits himself to the leadership of other people.
Instead of all these rantings, Amai and her family should then know that it's now time to reciprocate, showing one's corresponding obligation to support the other in order to allow Zimbabwe to move forward.
But honestly I am yet to know the sources of so much hatred, bitterness and frustration in her. I am yet to know what grievious mistakes or wrongs we have committed to the first family to deserve such open ridicule.
I felt so pitiful and so sorry for the largely revolutionary leadership of Masvingo when after innocently mobilizing so many supporters to attend Amai's rally, using their own personal resources, they only got such chiding and were labeled traitors, "vatengesi", "vapanduki", in front of their junior ranks by a novice pseudo politician who is still to fully comprehend the real reasons for Zimbabwe's liberation struggle other than personal glory.
She insinuated that most of (ZANU PF) leaders, having been simply hand-picked by her husband, were therefore indebted to the first family. How do senior party leaders become so philanthropically and patronisingly indebted to one leader in a revolutionary party whose membership is the broad spectrum of the people and descendency or ascendency is guided by a constitutional elective process? How does the relationship between the same elected dear leader and the other comrades who elected him into power suddenly become that of an object and a subject, where the object has infinite powers and means to act willy nilly on his passive political subjects?
But on a more serious note, just where does Amai get the moral high ground from which to attack her perceived enemies in the party.  She imagines that political leaders appointed to positions in terms of the part's constitution must forever be beholden to her husband as a matter of patronage.  No it's not like that Amai! It is a matter of constitutional responsibility both on the part of the person who appoints and the person appointed and suggesting otherwise is either sheer unscholarly ignorance or condescendence of the sickening type.
In any event, to the best of my knowledge, Amai does not hold any office in the party, elected or appointed.  She is only waiting to be appointed.  And for sure, she will! But as we speak she is the proverbial ordinary card carrying member.  She knows too well that she is going to get it all on a silver platter, just like they say she did with the degree.
In light of the above, I then wonder where a mere party Cell member would derive all that power rokutuka, and discipline members of the Party's Central Committee or Politburo. I was equally appalled when she publicly stated that people like Mai Mahofa and sekuru Josiah Hungwe were her revered political mentors, while denigrating political luminaries such as Dzikamai Mavhaire, and by extrapolation, Dr. Mai Mujuru. Lamentably unknown to Amai, both Mbuya Mahofa and Sekuru Hungwe do not command that much clout and favour in Masvingo. They are in their present positions for manipulative hidden agendas best known to the first family.
During the liberation struggle I at one time happened to be the ZANLA Political Commissar and Instructor for all the ZANLA bases in Maputo. I never witnessed a situation where Sally Mugabe rebuked General Tongogara, vaMutasa – let alone any other ordinary member of the military wing on the basis of her familial relationship with  the Party President Cde. R.G. Mugabe. Never, never, never!
Indeed history has lost memory, and therefore has no known sane person free from some form of a psychological disorder of schizophrenia, even in its mildest form of neurotic psychosis, where a  simple card carrying member of an organisation without any substantive position, would perambulate and disdainfully move around the  main organisational constituency scolding and purportedly disciplining the general membership and its top leadership by mere cushion of one's conjugal relationship with the leader of the organisation.
But Amai, why are you trying to criminalise other members' political ambitions? You need  reminding of the existence of a section in the constitution on the rights of members and therefore that we are all equal members of the Party and as such, there is nothing wrong in one wanting to occupy any position within the Party, including that of the President. 
But alas, Amai speaks as if we are not allowed to be ambitious in our own right as long as her family still exists. This notion that it just has to be her own family alone taking centre stage and no one else, is not only a lamentable exposition of one's feeble mind, but a serious and perilous misdirected fantasy, embedded in thinking political naivety and mischief.

She speaks as if we live for her: as if all Party members are supposed to live to the service of the first family, or as if we are all slaves of the first family.
After all these years of, and in the struggle, why should a political luminary such as VaMutasa's political fate suddenly be in limbo simply because at his advanced age, he wants to finally fulfill his last political aspiration of being the Chairman of the Party which Amai might not approve of?
I am not sure where this confusion is emanating from maybe -: from mix – up formulas in one of the quantitative Chinese modules, as to any other normal person, it does not add up that if VaMutasa aspires and then goes on to burn the midnight candle to be ZANU PF chairman, then he is automatically plotting against VaMugabe. 

How do you plot against a 91 year old who supposedly is simply scripting some conclusive remarks to his political career? Amai, must also have the wisdom to  know that zera remurume wavo harisiri rekutukira vanhu. Aging is a grace from the Almighty and is a natural process quite independent of anybody's will, hence not instigated by midnight candle burners or any faction within the party. 
Indeed is this really my beloved ZANU PF where each member is supposed to have equal rights equal chances and enjoy equal opportunities?
Amai should be better enlightened that Zimbabwe did not go to the liberation struggle to just please the political enchantments and aggrandisement of the heart of the first family.
In good protocol, normally shallow minded people should never be allowed to be near a public address system without a written script in their left hand, lest they embarrass themselves and all those innocent souls who might have been tempted and cheated into believing their wild claims of possessing erternal enormous political muscle power. And sometimes you have to forgive the all too obvious delusions of grandeur.
Knowing my dear leader Bob as much as I do, he should never have allowed this embarrassment to his own personal and private family, thereby exposing his own family to political ridicule for a very long time to come; even well after he is gone. Truly, Amai should be wise enough to know that Bob will not be in that position in the not too distant a future – obviously owing to his age. Certainly without the shield of his power, she would not withstand any political contestation with all these guys whom she today is arrogantly denigrating and parading as traitors and political quislings.
Amai by the look of things, seems to me to be too individualistic, immature, "vane bapu", is uncalculative and purely opportunistic, and rather poor in mental construction of reality. Dr Mai Joice Mujuru is her direct opposite: who is cool, calm, reserved, tolerant, objective and intelligently calculative of what is good or bad for Zimbabwe.  No wonder political crooks want her out sooner than later.  She will not in the not too distant future, tolerate their crooked ways.
There is no person as dangerous as the one who overestimates one's own capacities, abilities and intelligence. The worst stature of primitive foolishness is inability to adjust one's own behavior through the eyes of the whole world in which one frequents.
This naivety even leads people not to feel uncomfortable and unashamed in gracefully accepting such pseudo accolades with a cunningly deceptive humility, without any dissonance and some inner psychological discomfort which such a biblical Delela act should automatically trigger to an average human being.
People like Cde Oppah of the "chete chete" stable should better be reminded that Zimbabwe is not looking for a supervisor of a government departmental typing pool here: we are looking for transformational leadership to propel and catapult  the country into an orbit of sustainable competitiveness and economic prosperity after these long periods of the current economic lost decade.
I was equally appalled to see some haggard and sullen faced chiefs trying to bestow the heroic Mbuya Nehanda status on a person who does not even embrace the political value-consensus of the ethos and objectives for the first and second chimurenga liberation struggles.
They should be reminded that Amai is but just an opportunistic admirer of the fruits of the liberation struggle which have suddenly become so abundant to her after a miserable life in a government typing pool.It was a lamentable lack of social intelligence for chiefs then to urge Amai to aim higher than her most suited current position of a house wife, a position she has thus far proven very capable in.
By such a much vibed and forceful entry into Zimbabwe's political landscape, I do not know what gap she says she is trying to fill or what problems she purports to be trying to solve in the politico-economic landscape of the current Zimbabwe.
I am not sure also how homeboy Ngwena will benefit with anticipated fall of Dr. Mai.  To me, Ngwena is better off with Dr Mai than to seruptiously try to manoeuvre from Amai's corner.news
 

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