21 perish in Chisumbanje road accident

Twenty-one people have been killed in a road accident at the 20 kilometre-peg along the Tanganda-Chisumbanje road towards Middle Sabi. Most of the most of the dead were burnt beyond recognition. 

21 perish in Chisumbanje road accident

21 perish in Chisumbanje road accident

Witnesses said a T35 truck which was carrying mourners to Manzvire Village in Chisumbanje side-swiped an ethanol tanker resulting in it exploding and burning most of the victims.

When a news crew arrived at the scene, charred bodies were still scattered on the road while other bodies were trapped under the wreckage of the truck. Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said investigations are under way as to determine the cause of the accident.

Meanwhile Greenfuel who own the ethanol tanker that was involved in the accident has issued a condolence message to the deceased familes.

“Green Fuel joins the Chisumbanje community, the nation at large and most importantly the families of the deceased, in mourning the lives tragically lost in a road accident which occurred today in Chipinge South, along the Tanganda –Chiredzi highway near Checheche.

As we come to terms with the devastating aftermath of this tragedy, we convey our sincere heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.”

21 perish in Chisumbanje road accident

Twenty-one people have been killed in a road accident at the 20 kilometre-peg along the Tanganda-Chisumbanje road towards Middle Sabi. Most of the most of the dead were burnt beyond recognition. 

21 perish in Chisumbanje road accident

21 perish in Chisumbanje road accident

Witnesses said a T35 truck which was carrying mourners to Manzvire Village in Chisumbanje side-swiped an ethanol tanker resulting in it exploding and burning most of the victims.

When a news crew arrived at the scene, charred bodies were still scattered on the road while other bodies were trapped under the wreckage of the truck. Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said investigations are under way as to determine the cause of the accident.

Meanwhile Greenfuel who own the ethanol tanker that was involved in the accident has issued a condolence message to the deceased familes.

“Green Fuel joins the Chisumbanje community, the nation at large and most importantly the families of the deceased, in mourning the lives tragically lost in a road accident which occurred today in Chipinge South, along the Tanganda –Chiredzi highway near Checheche.

As we come to terms with the devastating aftermath of this tragedy, we convey our sincere heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.”

“Bilharzia vaccine does’nt have side effects”-Dr Paul Chimedza

Dr Paul Chimedza and a nurse at the launch of bilharzia vaccination program

Dr Paul Chimedza and a nurse at the launch of bilharzia vaccination program

GOVERNMENT yesterday launched a national programme to contain bilharzia and intestinal worms that have wreaked havoc countrywide. At least 31 000 Redcliff residents, among them 9 000 children, were recently de-wormed after being infected by parasites suspected to be tapeworms that thrive in filthy conditions.

Redcliff is home to over 36 000 people and had been under the management of MDC-T over the past five years as sanitary conditions deteriorated to alarming levels.

Speaking during the official launch of the programme at Tsungubvi Primary School in Mazowe yesterday, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr Paul Chimedza allayed fears that the newly launched Bilharzia and Intestinal vaccination had many side effects.

He said Albendazole and praziquantel drugs which are registered in Zimbabwe had proven to be safe over the years.
“The drug is listed on the essential list by the World Health Organisation and is the appropriate response to the pandemic. We are following the WHO guideline to vaccinate children,’’ he said

Dr Chimedza said the drug was not licensed in the United Kingdom because there was no prevalence of the disease in that country.
Companies are made to pay licence fees to register drugs in the UK.

“In 2010 only 78 cases were reported the whole year in the UK with people from Africa on the priority list of those infected by the disease.’’

Dr Chimedza added that measures were being put in place to deal with side effects should there be any. Speaking at the same event the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr Lazarus Dokora said this years’ Mass Drug Administration launch had adequate medicines to cover the widespread public health concern affecting 57 of the country’s 63 districts.

“The district with the highest burden for Bilharzia is Shamva with 62 percent and with some schools around Chindunduma having over 90 percent of children being infected with this disease. Here in Mazowe district we know that 40 percent of children have the disease,” he said.

“The School is the centre of convergence and can therefore be a breeding ground for diseases as much as it is a centre for learning better ways to fight the very same diseases.

“In this regard let it be clear here that no child in this province or anywhere else who deserves to have the medicines should fail to do so because there are enough medicines available.”

Minister Dokora urged all parents and leaders of religious sects to ensure that their children are vaccinated. The MDA programme which was launched yesterday will run until November 2.

The ministry received 5,5 million tablets of Albendazole enough to reach over 4,7 million children in 63 rural districts and two cities and 11,5 million praziquantel tablets for the mass drug administration (MDA) around the country.

Does manhood enlargement really work?

YOU have probably come across peculiar offers while walking along the streets of Bulawayo, with someone standing at a corner of a busy street, compellingly handing out leaflets and fliers to everyone passing by.

Stop suffering, manhood enlargement, bring back lost lovers, hip and breast enlargement, love, money, power, success, witchcraft . . . the list is endless.

Foreign traditional healers have invaded the city claiming to be capable of curing any problem affecting you or your loved ones.

“I have more than 10 years experience in the field of spell casting/spiritual healing and can cure you,” read some of the compelling messages on the brochures.

At the bottom of the brochure would be a contact number to a traditional healer, who one would imagine would be dressed in traditional or spiritual attire.

Whether or not you are the type of person to consider getting traditional assistance for whatever ailment or complication, you have to wonder, if this really does work?

Succumbing to journalistic curiosity, Sunday Leisure, last week decided to uncover the myth and reality behind what was being advertised by these traditional healers.

The reporter visited a couple of these foreign traditional healers, with “surgeries” dotted around the city, claiming nothing was beyond them.

However, it wasn’t easy to locate and schedule an appointment with some of the traditional healers as they were supposedly wary of the law enforcers, particularly the immigration department. It seems as if recent crackdowns on the business left them very cautious about who they dealt with.

Below is a journey into the world of the mushrooming inyangas that Sunday Leisure went through.

Upon dialling a number on one of the posters, I was greeted by a deep male voice after the first ring. “Hello, how may I help you?” asked the voice with a foreign accent. That is when I told him that I needed to enlarge my manhood, as I was having trouble satisfying women.

“That is simple; come to our offices,” he confidently replied.

I was then directed to a building near Egodini bus terminus. The building houses many different people. Upon arrival at the building, I made my way into a tiny furnished office upstairs. Its occupants were two men, one of them, presumably the traditional healer’s assistant attended to me.

The man had, however, seen me before and knew where I worked, my cover was blown.

After telling him what I needed he told me that consultation was $5 but he would not charge that, as he knew that I was working on a story.

The offices are divided by wooden partitions and something that looked like a white cloth. He made his way through a narrow passage to the “doctor’s” office to find out if he was unoccupied.

From my vantage point, I couldn’t see what was in the room but it seemed a bit dark. When the man appeared, he told me that he wouldn’t be long as he was just finishing off with another client.

When it was finally my turn, I was a bit reluctant to pursue the issue as I was not sure whether the traditional healer possessed spiritual powers and would curse me. I was slightly relieved at the other client’s hesitation to leave. He seemed puzzled and inquired, “What do I do with these,” as he examined a pack of herbs.

The “doctor” probably in his early 30s, reluctantly narrated how he should use the herbs.

When the other client left he asked how he could assist and I told him. He produced some herbs from a bag in the corner.

He said the herbs cost $10 but because I was working on a story he would not sell or give me a sample.

“These herbs are a unique formula that stimulates the blood flow into the erectile chambers of your manhood during arousal. After a while of usage, massive increase in blood flow will cause the erectile chambers to expand and create larger, thicker, and more powerful erections that will last all your love-making time. These herbs are effective after three days of usage, you will feel an immediate difference,” he said.

I then asked him whether he had ever successfully enlarged a client’s manhood, his response was: “I would say I have because most of the people I have helped have either come back thanking me or in search of other stimulants that make them last longer.”

However, medical practitioners have dismissed the claims by these traditional healers, arguing that if enlarging the manhood was possible every other guy’s would be a foot long.

“Men who have a normal penile length but are convinced they are small might benefit from seeing a psychiatrist instead of these traditional healers,” said a local doctor who requested anonymity.

While medical experts dismissed manhood enlargement herbs as hogwash, they conceded that there was at least one thing that worked: surgery.

“Even then the benefits are limited, with nothing more than a one-inch enlargement, at most. Moreover, the procedure is not approved by any professional organisation, it would cost thousands of dollars and may lead to deformation, decrease in sensation or impotence.

“There is no indication that such surgery can be done. It may even be an inch you don’t need, as many studies have shown that men who seek organ enlargement are misinformed about what a normal organ size is and the importance of size to women’s sexual satisfaction,” added the doctor.

The doctor also noted that there was absolutely no need for organ enlargement, explaining that the size of the organ — both length and width, did not in any way affect the sexual performance of a man.

“A man’s manhood dimensions are in no way connected to sexual satisfaction. It is rather the way you use your penis during intercourse that matters,” he said.

The doctor warned of serious repercussions for those in search of a larger manhood.

“Penile enlargement involves overstretching of the rather fragile muscles and this can result in drastic side effects such as impotence and pain during intercourse. There is no such thing as a small organ. Small organs can actually perform better than larger ones when properly erect. The reason why our organs appear much smaller than they actually are is because we look at them from above,” he said.

However, another doctor, who also preferred anonymity, was of the belief that these herbs did function.

“Well judging from their adverts they most probably work. There are some essential components found in their herbs that do enlarge the manhood but it doesn’t really gain much in width or length,” he said.

Lately, Bulawayo has become a huge billboard where traditional doctors of different types and backgrounds advertise their services using every means available.

No one knows exactly why there is so much hype nowadays about the size of sexual organs.
It would appear that our ‘‘prized possessions” have become a source of concern for many traditional doctors and they want to do something about it.

Years ago, although there were stories surrounding sex enhancement herbs, most traditional doctors did not profess to have herbs that could enlarge one’s sexual organ.

The only services some of them confirmed they could provide in relation to sexuality are aphrodisiacs like the infamous zwana mina.

Inyangas, as they are popularly known, used to advertise their services in a modest manner in front of their houses. The messages were often written on placards or banners in black and red paint.

Nowadays it appears most of them have acquired an infinite capacity to change how men should look below their belts.

They have become so advanced in their marketing skills that they can afford to pay printing costs for brochures and posters to distribute all over town.

Has the size of one’s sexual organ become a precondition for a woman to accept a relationship?

Is a men’s suitability in a relationship with a woman always to be judged by how big his manhood is?

Whatever the case, the whole business of manhood enlargement is a strange phenomenon that is taking the city by storm.

It is giving an impression that we are now living in a sex-soaked culture that thrives on sex enhancement drugs.

One may not be aware of its subtle influence, but the advertisements distributed and stuck on buildings and trees in town are manipulating the minds of many people, especially the young whose bodies are still developing.

The idea has a tendency to make young people believe that sex is about big sexual organs.

In other words, the adverts are creating unnecessary worry and self-judgement among some men because society emphasises competition in everything we do.

Although it is difficult to compare something not so noticeable in public as sexual organs, some men would begin to feel judged by women and feel pressured to look for solutions from these herbalists.

However, one would discover that some of these traditional doctors just want to make a fortune out of sexual performance fears by some people.

The publicity of such services preys on one’s desire to be liked sexually by the opposite sex.

No “zorai butter” as Alick Macheso’s new album will be delayed to release

Alick Macheso

Alick Macheso

Sungura king Alick Macheso’s much-awaited 10th album could be delayed by several weeks, if not months, if recent developments are anything to go by.

Baba Sharo, as Macheso is fondly referred to by his adoring fans, had indicated that he would get into the studio around this time to record his upcoming album under the Last Power Media banner.

However, in a confession last week, Macheso, whose Last Power Media joint venture with Laston Murerwa collapsed early this year, said that he does not have anywhere to record his forthcoming album.

The problems have been exacerbated by the fact that the Madhawu hit-maker is not interested in recording his new project under any other record label than his own.

“I will not record my album under any other record label or use anyone’s help. This time I will record in a studio that I own and I will even produce myself,” declared the revered lyricist.

Macheso confirmed that his joint venture with Murerwa was now “dead and buried”.
“Dzangove ndangariro idzo, ndavekuda kutanga zvangu ndega (that venture is history now, I’m starting something of my own),” said Macheso.

The Waterfalls-domiciled musician said to prove that the venture was now dead and buried, he was giving his new studio a different name and thus would now be known as Zora Butter Studios, likely to be opened in Chitungwiza.

It is the musician’s lack of a rough idea on when he is likely to open his recording studio that has cast a dark cloud over the release of his album anytime soon.

“I’m not sure when I will have everything in place because I will still be using some of my equipment acquired under Last Power and some which is coming from England,” said Macheso.

Asked if the album would come this year, the sungura giant said Zvaazvinhu, the working title of his forthcoming album, was already in his head awaiting proper equipment to enable recording of a quality product.

“As I said, some of the equipment is coming from the UK and it will need the engineers to put together. There are some components of the equipment that will be taken from the old studio and these will have to be joined with the components coming from the UK, so I cannot really say because that part I have no control over,” explained Macheso.

The proud polygamist, however, said as soon as everything was in place he could do the recording in just a day.
“While mounting this equipment may take some time and is beyond my control – recording on the other hand will take me just a day because the material is ready,” he said.

The Charakupa singer, who now believes he has a better understanding of the sungura genre, said he would not hire any producers.
“I don’t need producers – I know my sound and I can do all those things on my own. So imagine if I record the album in just a day and then spend the next few ones arranging and fine-tuning it, I can do it in under a week,” declared Macheso.

His former partner, Laston “GP” Murerwa, said although he was hearing of the new developments for the first time, he harbours no ill-feelings towards the singer.

“All I have known is that we are moving the studio to Chitungwiza, but if he has decided to exclude me and go it alone, then he has my blessings. I got into that business because of Macheso – I felt a need to help him and if that has actually given him the confidence that he can build a studio on his own and record himself, then I am happy,” said Murerwa.

The South African-based Zimbabwean said as long as Macheso was dishing out music as he should and making people happy with his lyrics and guitar-playing prowess, then everything was in order.

“I did not get into music for money, but simply to help a brother. I will still continue to assist him whenever he encounters problems and wherever he needs my help,” said Murerwa.

Macheso is yet to enjoy some stability since quitting Gramma Records a few years ago to join South African stable Mobile Music Trust (MMT).
The Zimbabwean hit-maker’s relationship with MMT ended acrimoniously in 2009 with accusations and counter-accusations from both parties.

When he left MMT, Macheso then partnered Murerwa and renowned music producer Bothwell Nyamhondera to start Last Power Media. The partnership got off to a rocky start and saw Nyamhondera quitting the company citing irreconcilable differences.

Macheso went on to record Zvinoda Kutendwa and Kwatabva Mitunhu (Kure Kwekure) with Last Power before the company folded, having some of its assets put under the hammer because of failure to settle debts.

The latest move is Macheso’s attempt to remain independent of any recording studio. Local recording studios are often accused of fleecing musicians and Macheso, just like superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, is among the few musicians who have decided to go it alone.

Foods that set the mood

Mood Makers 101
Are you just not in the mood lately? If sex is starting to feel more like a chore than a treat, the culprit could be one of many things, like stress at work or those darn bills. Surprisingly, one of the fastest way to give your libido a boost is to change your diet. Here’s a handy little guide to the foods with frisky benefits.

Watermelon
Some fruits have way more than just nutritional value to offer you and your partner. Take watermelons for example. They contain an amino acid called citrulline that increases your sex drive by relaxing your blood vessels.

Avocados
If he’s coming over for a late night movie and snack, you may want to add avocados to the menu. They’re packed with vitamin E, which your body uses to produce estrogen and other hormones that help with lubrication.

Chocolate
This one’s a no-brainer for sure: chocolate is the king of natural aphrodisiacs. It contains phenylethylamine, which is frequently known as “the love chemical,” because it releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasms.

Almonds
Their aroma is said to arouse passion, but technically speaking, scientists say that almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber, which can help with hormone stimulation.

Garlic
If you’re not using raw garlic when you cook, it’s time to add it to your seasoning lineup. Garlic contains allicin, which is thought to increase blood flow to sexual organs.

Bananas
Bananas aren’t just great cures for morning hangovers, they can do wonders for your sex drive too. If you want to have more intense orgasms look to these little yellow guys to give you a boost of potassium to increase your muscle strength.

Chilies
Want to make things really hot and spicy in the bedroom? Look to chilies to help get the job done. They’re loaded with capsaicin, a chemical that releases endorphins that feed your libido and help to increase blood flow.

Asparagus
Histamine helps to increase sex drive, which Vitamin B helps produce. Asparagus is filed with Vitamin B and the perfect side dish for your next intimate dinner plans. We care

Corpse tumbles out of the coffin as robbers flee from police at the funeral

Relatives taking the corpse back into the coffin

Relatives taking the corpse back into the coffin

THERE was drama yesterday at a funeral procession of one of the five suspected robbers who perished when their car collided with a bus in Harare last week when police detectives pounced and arrested nine other suspected robbers on the wanted list. Fellow gang members took things into their own hands, snatched Borris Mushonga’s body from a Moonlight funeral service vehicle at number 52 Rusike Road in Mbare as relatives and friends were just about to pay their last respects.

The gang, which was joined by a mob of rowdy youths, placed the unsecured coffin atop a Toyota Noah which skidded and revved as if at a drag racing show.

There was little respect for the dead and the bereaved family as the youths sought to give their compatriot a “befitting” send-off.
The deceased’s mother who had flown into the country from the UK is said to have refused to have the body of her son paraded in the township.

And as the car swerved and sent tyres squealing and screeching, the coffin fell off and flew open sending Borris’ body tumbling to the ground.

Witnesses said when the coffin fell along Mbirimi Street, body parts were strewn all over the place.
Borris’ body was disfigured in the accident and some witnesses said this explained why his body disintegrated when it flung from the top of the vehicle as the rowdy youths engaged in all sorts of acrobatics to parade their “hero.”

But the drama was shortlived as the sudden appearance of police detectives prompted a chase that led to the arrest of nine suspected robbers who were on the police most wanted list.

Police fired warning shots to halt the funeral pageantry.
There was pandemonium as the youths fled in all directions, but alert police detectives managed to ring fence their targets. The open coffin was left unattended. Witnesses said police had to comb the area for body parts which they later put back into the coffin.

National police spokesperson Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident and said no one was shot or injured during the commotion.

He said after arresting the suspects, the detectives left the family and mourners to continue with the funeral.
Borris was later laid to rest at Granville Cemetery, commonly known as Kumbudzi.