Marco Machona to build a hall at Nemangwe in honour of his mother

Machona who own  Ruffcuts Wear is planning to build a hall in Gokwe to  honour her mother whom he say was one of the first people to have an  adult literacy school in Zimbabwe,

Gokwe Rural Development Council has approved and allocated land for a Amai Marco Machona Community Hall to be built at CMB – Nemangwe. The land was paid for by Marco Machona last week at Gokwe Center. The Community Hall will be the first of its kind in Nemangwe and Gokwe. The multipurpose hall will be sponsored by Ruffcuts Wear. Putting Gokwe on da world map. Sabhuku Muzarabani and Chief Nemangwe were informed.


“While in Gokwe – had up to 5 run-ins / meetings with Sabhuku Muzarabani but couldn’t make it to meet Chief Nemangwe in person. Had a drink with Sabhuku but restricted discussions to how Nemangwe – Gokwe should develop. My mother was the first woman in Zimbabwe, if not whole of Africa to own an adult literacy school which Mugabe himself came to launch. She also brought family planning to the community. Legendary,”he said

Ve Johane Masowe vanozvambura mapurisa pa kirawa nhasi mu Harare -PICTURES

SEVERAL police officers were on Friday seriously injured in a brawl with members of the Johane Masowe apostolic sect in the high-density suburb of Budiriro 2 in Harare.Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe president Johannes Ndanga, in the company of anti-riot police, had gone to the Madzibaba Ishmael-led shrine seeking to enforce a ban on the church for alleged abuse of women and children.

The visit resulted in a physical confrontation between members of the church and the police, and the latter had to flee.

The injured police officers were rushed to hospital to receive treatment for various injuries.

Also injured was a ZBC TV cameraman.


Police and congregants discuss


Attack started





The attack

One of the injured cops flees from the scene

A Madzibaba prepares to launch an attack on the helpless ZBC cameraman

Madzibaba attack a defenceless ZBC cameraman

The ZBC cameraman wriggles in pain after the attack

An ACCZ official was also attacked

Chemagora farmers donate to flood victims

Farmers at Chemagora have pooled resources and have donated 30 tonnes of maize and sweet potatoes to government to hand over to flood victims in Tsholotsho and at Chingwizi.

The farmers, who are occupying Chemagora farm due to a reprieve brokered by the Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Jason Machaya after being evicted at the onset of the rain season, vindicated their presence at the piece of land by producing a bumper harvest.

The farmers told the ZBC News they feel obliged to help people at Chingwizi who were displaced by floods as well as those in Tsholotsho who lost their crops due to flooding.

The 30 tonnes of maize and sweet potatoes were presented to Chief Njelele.

“I urge government to resolve the land dispute by legalising the farmers’ stay at Chemagora farm,” said Chief Njelele.

The Chemagora farmers, who received maize seed under the Presidential Well Wishers Inputs Scheme, told the ZBC News they have been able to prove they are competent farmers and implored government to reconsider their eviction from the land and allow them to co-exist with the owner.

“Although we received the seed late into the season we were able to double our yield compared to last season. We know with adequate support, we can make a meaningful contribution to the country’s food security,” said one of the farmers.

The Chemagora farmers were evicted last year at the onset of the summer cropping season and were left stranded by the roadside along the Gokwe-Kwekwe highway.

They returned to the disputed land after the intervention of Cde Jason Machaya who pleaded on their behalf to stay until they had harvested their crop

Gokwe-Kadoma road a death trap:Villagers

Villagers in Gokwe have bemoaned the bad state of the road that links Gokwe Nembudziya and Kadoma, whose deplorable condition has forced bus operators to pull out of the route.
Travelling along Nembudziya road from Kadoma has become a nightmare as travellers endure close to six hours due to the bad state of the road.

Bus operators have pulled out of the rout leaving villagers stranded.

Gokwe villagers who spoke to the ZBC News said there is need for government to swiftly intervene by repairing the road to save the situation.

Others called on the cotton companies, who also use the road, to assist in its maintenance as the road has become a death trap.

Gokwe North District Administrator, Mr Fortune Mupungo said council has received US$1 million from ZINARA for road maintenance, an amount which he said is not enough to cover the required costs.

“We have received some money from ZINARA but it is very little for road maintenance hence the need for the government to come up with measures to ensure the road is maintained,” Mr Mupungo said.

The Sanyati-Nembudziya patch is one of the three roads that failed to attract bidders from a tender flighted by government last year.

In a bid to spruce up some parts of the road, Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena mobilised youths to work on the road.

While ZINARA is disbursing funds for the rehabilitation of most roads in the country, experts say the money is too little to take care of most of the rural roads.

Bogus police officer nabbed in Gweru


A 31-YEAR-OLD man in Gweru is languishing in remand prison after playing cop in a bid to fleece a local primary school of its cash.
Shakemore Mandanda of House Number 179/1 Mkoba Village 13  last week appeared before Gweru magistrate, Sithembinkosi Ncube to answer charges of impersonating a police officer.

Mandanda pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded in custody to today for continuation of trial.

It is the State case that on 21 February this year, Mandanda who was in civilian attire, approached Wunedze Musiiwa who is employed as a security guard at Takunda Primary School and introduced himself as a police officer stationed at the Police General Headquarters in Harare.

The accused is said to have indicated that he is attached to the anti-corruption unit and demanded to see the head or the deputy head. The school guard then requested Mandanda to produce his police and national identity cards but the accused said he lost both particulars.

Mandanda insisted that he wanted to see the school head or his deputy upon which the security guard accompanied him to the office of the school’s deputy, Phillis Chivarira.

He introduced himself as a police officer.

The deputy head demanded that Mandanda produce his particulars for her to give him audience.

Riled by Chivarira’s resolve Mandanda threw a tantrum demanding a private conversation with the former who quickly enlisted the services of the security guard.

Mandanda was whisked to Nehanda Police Station where it emerged that he was not a member of the police force.

Further investigations by the police led to the recovery of a police uniform which included police riot pair of trousers, police riot jacket, police grey shirt and a police reflective jacket at his house.



Catholic university plans to open a campus in Gokwe by year end

The Catholic University of Zimbabwe has made considerable progress in the last year,  since it adopted its ten year vision that will be underpinned by growth in student numbers as well as an increase in study programs.

In a media statement, the university expressed gratitude to parishioners who are making monthly contributions of a $1 per family towards the growth of the university, and that support has seen the university grow its students’ population by more than 350%. The college has also opened new campuses outside Harare.

The statement reads: “The University has managed to increase its student numbers from 280 to 1,000 over the past year. We will have another intake this August which will ensure more growth, taking us beyond the 1000 student mark.

“The University has also opened three new campuses on premises of our church in Bulawayo, Chinhoyi and Mutare. In August and December this year, we plan to open a further three new campuses of the Catholic University in the Dioceses of Gokwe, Gweru and Masvingo.”

The university further appealed:  “to parishioners who have not yet started to donate one dollar per parishioner per month to the University to begin doing so, and to those who started last year and this year to continue doing so at the end of every month through structures put in place by your parish council.”

“The university is also grateful for scholarships from individuals and corporates that are meant to help and honour students who distinguish themselves academically. So far, they have received two scholarships for their students. “The first is the Cephas Msipa Scholarship to be awarded to a bright and needy student from the Midlands Province studying at the Catholic University. The second is the Emmanuel Ngara Prize for Christian Leadership and Academic Excellence which is to be awarded to a student who excels in Christian leadership and academic performance at the Catholic University.”

“We appeal to parishioners and others of goodwill to sponsor students of the Catholic University through a scholarship or a prize of your choice. The area of your choice could be a university program, such as Theology, Business Management, Information Technology or any of the Humanities such as English, Shona, Ndebele, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Ethics or Communication Studies. You might also wish to provide scholarship or prize sponsorship to celebrate an event in your life or your family, or to remember a loved one.”

Macheso rdered to pay $1030 for maintenance

Alick Macheso

Alick Macheso

SUNGURA King Alick Macheso will have to pay child maintenance to his estranged wife of four years Fortunate aka Tafadzwa Mapako until paternity tests are concluded, a Harare Civil Court magistrate ruled Thursday.

The court ruled that Macheso is liable to pay a sum of $1,030 as monthly upkeep for the children instead of the over $7,000 that his now former wife was demanding.
Macheso’s divorce from Mapako turned into a public row with counter accusations flying between the couple.

The multi-award-winning singer has since declared that he doubted he was the father of the two minor children claiming his wife had apparently told him she was not being satisfied sexually.

The altercation led to the relationship collapsing with revelations that Mapako decided to cut the singer lose.
Magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami ordered Macheso to pay the money with effect from May 31 2014.

The two children from the marriage are entitled to $750 per month for their upkeep until paternity test prove otherwise, while Mapako will get $280 per month, until she passes on.

Muchami ordered both parties to avail themselves for DNA tests to be held at the National Blood Transfusion Services of Zimbabwe (BTSZ), not later than June 6.

In the maintenance claim filed on April 28 2014, Mapako stated that Macheso had not been supporting her and their two children since December last year.

Through her lawyer, Gift Nyandoro, of Hamukwandi, Nyandoro and Nyambuya legal practitioners, Mapako submitted she and the two minors were entitled to a sum of $7 130 per month.

Macheso, in his response, poured scorn on the claim accusing his former wife of being a “gold digger” adding he would be in a position to pay $150.

Nyandoro, representing Mapako, insisted that the claim was a “drop in the ocean” when compared to what the sungura ace earns monthly.

“Macheso can easily rack in $90 000 within a month, so what is $7,130 to him. His shows are different from any other upcoming artistes’ shows as he charges a substantial amount of money as entrance fees.

“The honourable court must also note that Macheso gets money from royalties as he has been in the music industry for a long time,” Nyandoro averred.

However, Macheso’s legal counsel, Norman Mugiya, argued that the musician must be treated in his own personal capacity and not as a band adding that he earns between $800 and $1000 monthly from his shows.

Macheso’s first wife Nyadzisai has filed an affidavit in support of her husband stating that Mapako’s demands were not corresponding to her family lifestyle and that they must be thrown out by the court.

The case attracted hordes of police wielding baton sticks and ordinary citizens who wanted to catch a free and rare glimpse of Macheso and Mapako.
Mapako was jeered by a group of people who turned to name calling as Macheso’s former wife walked into court.