Nembudzia MP Mayor Wadyajena visits Nyamuroro Primary School

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Pupils at destroyed Nyamuroro Primary Photo by MP Wadyajena

Gokwe Nembudzia Member of Parliament Justice Wadyajena today visited Nyamuroro Primary after storm destroyed the school.

Property worth over $90 000 was lost to a hailstorm that destroyed the roof of a classroom block at Nyamuroro Primary School in Gokwe, Midlands Province last Friday. The hailstorm left a trail of destruction as it ripped asbestos sheets off trusses, textbooks, exercise books, chalks, and furniture among other items, leaving about 300 pupils having lessons in the open.

In an interview, Nyamuroro headmistress Mrs Emah Kupfuwa said the incident occurred just after pupils had been dismissed.

 

 

“A strong wind came and blew off a classroom block. The whole roof was blown away, textbooks and exercise books were also destroyed by the showers that accompanied the strong wind. The books got wet and are no longer usable. We are now conducting our lessons under a tree, while other classes share with those that were not affected. Lessons are being conducted with no books or chalks because all that was destroyed. The estimated cost of the damage is about $90 000 and we are appealing to well-wishers to assist us because the situation is bad. Six classes have been affected and given the coming of the rain season, it is a cause for concern,” she said.

Mrs Kupfuwa said learning under a tree presented a challenge in that teachers were not using the chalkboard as a teaching aid, coupled by the fact that pupils had no books. School Development Committee chairperson Mr Knowledge Matare said the situation would have been worse if the hailstorm had struck while pupils were in the building.

“We thank God the children had just left for their respective homes. We could be talking of a more dire situation because the hailstorm was quite violent,” he said. Gokwe Nembudziya Member of Parliament Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena pledged 5 000 exercise books to the school.

“We are making a passionate appeal to those who can assist the school. Nyamuroro is one of the most developed schools, registering high pass rates and what has happened is very unfortunate,” he said. Cde Wadyajena was speaking after touring the school. He noted that the classroom block had been condemned, hence there was need to construct a new one.

“It would be futile to repair the block since it has been condemned by the Civil Protection Unit,” said Cde Wadyajena. A parent, Mr Kudakwashe Chiherenge, said the school was built more than 50 years ago and had outlived its lifespan.

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Nyamuroro Primary launches appeal after deadly storm

Nyamuroro primary school in Gokwe Nembudziya has made a passionate plea to well wishers to assist with funds towards reconstructing classrooms destroyed by a storm on Friday.

A total value of lost property due to the storm is estimated around $85000 and this includes tex books, classroom furniture, and classroom blocks.

Over 150 pupils were affected and are now learning under makeshift classrooms, amid calls for urgent help to reconstruct the destroyed infrastructure ahead of the rainy season.

School authorities have made a passionate plea to both the public and private sectors to assist in raising the required funds to rebuild the affected learning buildings.

Gokwe Nembudziya legislator, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena added his voice to appeal for emergency assistance to rehabilitate the school and pledged 5000 exercise books.

Nyamuroro primary school is among the most affected in the area as the storm destroyed several buildings and homesteads in Gokwe North.
The Meteorological Services Department has since warned that strong winds will be witnessed in some parts of the country

Bishop Xavier Munyongani laid to rest

The late Rt Rev Bishop Munyongani who died on Sunday at Avenues Clinic was laid to rest today at Driefontein Mission.
Catholics from all over Gweru Diocese and the whole country converged and laid to rest the Bishop who died after a short illness. He will be remembered most by the sermons and guidance which touched the hearts of many and changed the lives of many.

Suspended sentence for Nemangwe man who killed a disrespectiful brother

A GOKWE man who fatally attacked his elder brother with a stool for allegedly disrespecting a village head and their mother, has been sentenced to a wholly suspended two year-jail term.

Arnold Njanji (27) of Majerimani area under Chief Nemangwe in Gokwe district appeared before Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Francis Bere initially facing murder in connection with the death of his brother, Tafadzwa Njanji (29) four years ago.

Arnold was convicted of a lesser charge of culpable homicide and sentenced to two years imprisonment which was wholly suspended for five years on condition that he does not within that period commit a similar offence.

Tafadzwa died the following day on admission to Gokwe Hospital. Arnold had accused his brother of insulting their mother and the village head after the pair sought to intervene and end their brawl.

In passing the sentence, Justice Bere, said at the time of the commission of the offence, Arnold lacked maturity since he was a youthful offender.

"This offence was committed in 2013 when the accused was a youthful offender and it is only being completed in 2017. The waiting period has been punishment on its own. There can be no doubt that the accused person overreacted but quite often we risk adopting too much of an armchair approach in these matters," said the judge.

Justice Bere said mitigating factors outweigh the aggravatory ones.

"This is one rare case where as a court we are unanimously convinced that mitigatory factors outweigh the aggravatory factors. We do not believe prison sentence is the only inevitable form of punishment. The accused is spared the agony of imprisonment and sentenced to two years in jail which is wholly suspended for five years," ruled the judge.

In his warned and cautioned statement, Arnold said he had no intention to kill his brother, but just wanted to discipline him for showing disrespect to their mother and the village head.

It is the State case that following the murder, Arnold disappeared from home, but later resurfaced, leading to his arrest.

Prosecuting, Ms Nokuthaba Ngwenya said on January 11 in 2013, Tafadzwa was weeding a cotton field with his mother, Ms Nkazana Njanji and another villager identified as Vongai Moyo.

Ms Njanji spotted pests and told her son that if she had money she would buy pesticide to spray the field.

Tafadzwa responded in a negative way that offended his mother resulting in a misunderstanding.

The court heard that Tafadzwa threatened to strike his mother with a hoe handle. Ms Njanji got angry and reported the matter to the local village head and a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Committee (NWC).

"Later in the evening the village head and a member of the NWC went to Ms Njanji’s home to discuss Tafadzwa’s conduct," said Ms Ngwenya.

The village head admonished Tafadzwa for disrespecting his mother. The court heard that Tafadzwa got angry and started to insult the village head prompting Arnold to intervene.

"The deceased turned on the accused person and threatened to assault him for intervening. The accused picked a stool and struck his brother on the head and he fell down," said Ms Ngwenya.

Tafadzwa was taken to Gokwe District Hospital on a scotch cart and died on arrival.

The matter was reported to the police leading to Arnold’s arrest.

According to post-mortem results the cause of Tafadzwa’s death was depressed skull fracture, blunt force trauma and homicide.

Gweru Diocese Catholic Bishop is no more

 

The Zimbabwean Catholic community was plunged into mourning on Sunday after the shocking death of Bishop Munyongani.Munyongani died at Avenues Clinic in Harare where he was admitted.

He was the fifth Bishop of Diocese of Gweru since it was established in 1955.

-1 January 1955-3 February 1977 Bishop Aloysius Haene

-3 February 1977-25 June1987 Bishop Tobias Chiginya.

-25 October 1988-6 February 2004 Bishop Francis Mugadzi

-11 May 2006-28 April 2012 Bishop Martin Munyanyi.

-14 September 2013-15 October 2017 Xavier Munyongani.

Monsignor Xavier Munyongani was born on 1 January 1950 in Mutero mission in Gutu district in the diocese of Masvingo. His parents Joachim Mudhodhi and Anna were blessed with ten children. Of which Xavier is the eighth child.

After his primary education in the schools in Gutu district, he completed his secondary education in the Gweru diocesan Minor Seminary (1967–1970). Later he joined Chishawasha Major Seminary for his Philosophy and Theology studies (1971-1977). He was ordained apriest for the diocese of Gweru, on 20 August 1977by the then Bishop of Gweru, Rt. Rev. Tobias Chiginya. He obtained a Diploma in Religious studies from the University of Zimbabwe in 1978. In 1986 he was sent to Rome for higher studies and he obtained a Licentiate in  Sacred Liturgy from St. Anselm.

On his return from Rome on completion of his specialization in Sacred Liturgy in 1990 he was appointed Lecturer and Formator at Chishawasha Major Seminary. Since 1998 he held the post of the Vice-Rector of the same Major Seminary. He trained and formed the future priests of Zimbabwe for fourteen years.

In 1999, Gweru diocese was divided to establish Masvingo diocese. Since Msgr. Munyongani’s Gutu district is in the Province of Masvingo, he belonged to the new Masvingo diocese. He has held various pastoral ministries in the dioceses of Gweru and Masvingo. In Gweru diocese, Monsignor Munyongani served as Assistant priest at St. Antony’s mission in Zaka, Parish priest of St. Alois mission and Spiritual Director of St. Paul Brothers in Serima.

In the diocese of Masvingo, Monsignor Munyongani held various other positions such as Promoter of Lay Apostolate and Spiritual Director of St. Joseph Association of Masvingo diocese, Assistant priest in Silveira mission and spiritual director of St. Anne’s Association, Parish priest in Rutenga mission, Diocesan Consultor, Member of Priests’ Council. Member of diocesan Liturgical Council etc.

In 2007, Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference appointed him as Chaplain of the Zimbabwe Catholics in England. In recognition of his exemplary priestly life and meritorious pastoral zeal for the Church in Zimbabwe, Pope Benedict XVI conferred upon Fr. Xavier Munyongani the title of “Monsignor”.

He speaks well his mother tongue Shona, and is fluent in the second major local language Ndebele. In addition, he is gifted in international languages such as English, Italian and German.

Gokwe band eyes Hollywood

iThe Gokwe Marimba Band has won the right to represent the country at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood, United States next year, following their sterling performance during auditions held in Masvingo recently.

The band, which is made up of primary school pupils from St Agnes School, clinched the sole ticket to represent the country after outperforming 27 other groups from around the country.

The outfit, made up of Ignatius Chikotora, Givemore Mapfumo, Marshal Makwekwe, Emmerson Kanengoni, Panashe Chimaro, Farai Tichapondwa, Best Hurombo, Constance Mangwiro, Pauline Sibanda, Staice Mutero, Lostenziyasi Chapfura, Rutendo Magwaza, Belinda Deredza and Confidance Manhanda, is trained by music teacher, Gilbert Kanengoni.

Kanengoni is assisted by deputy head Jabulani Mlilwana and matron, Mary Mukondo.

Zimbabwe Championships for Performing Arts (Zicopa) co-founder and national director, Nyarayi Jessica Tandy, who is organising Team Zimbabwe, said she was happy that the quality they have will upset other competitors in the US.

“WCOPA is like the Olympics of performing arts and with the team we have, I am satisfied that we are going to upset our competitors,” she said.

“Gokwe Marimba Band participated at the Masvingo auditions and they came first in a host of entries that were selected. We are now going through preparations and fundraising to get the team to Hollywood.”

The world championships will be held from July 6 to 15 next year in Hollywood.

The band was formed in 2002 after the school purchased a set of marimba instruments and they have been performing at various events, which include the independence celebrations, Heroes Day celebrations and wedding events.

Heavy storm wrecks havoc in Durban

JOHANNESBURG – Durban residents have been urged to stay indoors as winds of up to 70 kilometres an hour lashed Kwazulu-Natal on Tuesday.

Severe flooding had occurred in Amanzimtoti and on the N2 between Amanzimtoti and M7 Bluff, with some vehicles under water, ER24 said.
 

ER24 paramedics had responded after containers fell from a truck onto a vehicle in Bayhead, a family was trapped in their flooded home in Barlew Mews, an ambulance overturned leaving two medical crew injured along the N2 in Umgababa, and two taxis collided in Magabeni.

Local authorities warned residents to avoid driving or going out in the storm.

All roads in the southern parts of Durban have been closed.

 

 

The disaster management call centre was dealing with high call volumes and urges residents to use the number only in emergencies.