Chemumvuri robber gets 3 year jail term

Three armed robbers were last week jailed to an effective three years each for robbing and assaulting a police officer stationed at Chicken Slice Mvuma Police Base.

BY Stephen Chadenga

Calvin Ndlovu (18), Justice Mukandla (18) of Chemumvuri village in Gokwe and Simbarashe Mangwanda (20) of Matoto village in Gutu were last week convicted of robbery and assault when they appeared before Mvuma magistrate, Tayengwa Chibanda.

The court heard that on July 4 this year, the trio waylaid Rexon Samu (32) while on his way home, handcuffed and robbed him of his cellphone and money. The robbers, who were armed with an axe, later forced Samu to disclose his Ecocash pin number which they then used to withdraw $32 from his account.

Samu managed to make a report and the trio were later arrested in Lalapanzi.

Chibanda sentenced each of them to four years, but suspended one year on condition of good behaviour.

Rev Chivaviro reaches out to the community

SOUTH Africa-based gospel musician Togarepi Chivaviro has returned home for a number of charity programmes that have seen him donating goods worth thousands of dollars to the under-privileged in urban and rural areas.

Dubbed Giving Back to the Community, the exercise is being funded by the musician’s legion of fans, who raised money to assist the needy including orphans and the elderly.

Chivaviro has so far donated stationery to a number of pupils in rural schools in Gokwe and Zhombe, while elderly people in Chitungwiza received clothes and blankets.

Primary schools that have also benefited from the programme include Dindimutihwi (Gokwe North), Gwehava (Gokwe South) and Broomsgroove (Zhombe).

“We gave stationery awards to best five performing learners in each class. We have also set ourselves to mobilise our fans and ministry members to pay third term fees for 21 grade toppers. We are just giving back to the societies that made us who we are today,” he said.

“On Sunday in Chitungwiza we donated winter clothes for the elderly after we sources more than a dozen bales of clothes and blankets.”

Musadzi woman dies after delivery triplets at home

The babies, all girls, are still admitted to Gweru Provincial Hospital, a month after their birth and the death of their mother.Their father yesterday said he has no means or capacity to look after them as he had five other children and their mother is late.

Both mother and father, who were members of an apostolic sect did not know that she was carrying triplets as she never went to a health facility for antenatal care until she gave birth to one of the girls, only to be rushed to hospital due to complications, but it was too late to save her life.

Antenatal care is a type of preventive healthcare, with the goal of providing regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy while promoting healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.

Ms Maria Chigwadara died on the night of June 8 and medical experts yesterday said her death could have been avoided if she had gone through antenatal care.

The triplets’ father Mr Aleck Ncube Muza (68), an unemployed villager from Musadzi Village in Gokwe-Nembudziya was already struggling to feed his other children. He yesterday sent a plea for help to Zimbabweans to assist him with food and clothes for the triplets.

The babies, he said, were still admitted to Gweru Provincial Hospital’s special baby’s ward — a month after their birth because he has no means to look after them.

He told the Chronicle that there were complications at birth and his wife had to endure a five-hour drive from Gokwe’s Mutora District Hospital to Gweru Provincial Hospital where she died upon admission due to severe loss of blood.

“On June 7 my wife gave birth to one of the babies and we realised that she had more babies and was bleeding profusely before we took her to hospital.

“She then gave birth to two more children through an operation after which they said she needed to be transferred to Gweru because the bleeding was continuing,” he said.

“On June 8 she then endured a five-hour drive from Mutora District Hospital to Gweru Provincial Hospital where she died on admission. They said she lost a lot of blood.”

Asked who had assisted with the botched-up home delivery, Mr Muza could not answer.Mr Muza said he is grateful for the three children, but appealed for donations in cash or kind to look after them. He said he has no fixed income and had five other children, some of school going age, he also needed to take care of.

“I’m appealing for assistance to take care of the babies after I lost my wife during child birth. The blessing of the three bouncing baby girls has turned the joy of my family into despair. I am appealing for food, clothes, napkins and money. The triplets are at Gweru Provincial Hospital as we speak and I don’t know how or where to take them if they are discharged,” said Mr Muza.

Gweru Provincial Hospital superintendent Dr Fabian Mashingaidze said Ms Chigwadara’s life could have been saved if health care givers had been aware that she was carrying triplets.

“All I know is that she was a referral case and unfortunately passed on before we could assist her. She is said to have lost a lot of blood. Investigations are still ongoing,” said Dr Mashingaidze.

Government specialist consultant and gynaecologist Dr Veldah Mushangwe said the death of Mrs Chigwadara was due to low platelets and severe bleeding experienced during delivery.

She said no one should lose life while giving birth.

“Such cases should be avoided and I urge expecting mothers to register their pregnancies in time so that complications are dealt with accordingly. We are saying no to maternal deaths and expecting women should register early and go for antenatal care. Women should seek antenatal care early so that complications are identified and interventions made at the correct time,” said Dr Mushangwe.

“Maternal mortality has been recognised as a public health problem in most developing countries and is linked to women failing to access health care during pregnancy and the complications they face while giving birth.”

According to the recently-released Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS), about 20 percent of Zimbabwean births over the past five years occurred at home, statistics which experts have described as unacceptably high.

Recently, a gender activist Ms Lindile Ndebele said the statistics show that many women were still at risk of maternal deaths.

“This shows that women are still failing to access healthcare generally due to financial constraints, long distances for those in rural areas and other issues,” she said.

The World Health Organisation defines maternal mortality as the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or incidental causes.

Gokwe woman found dead in South Africa

Johannesburg-The body of a young woman from Majerimani Village under Chief Nemangwe,Gokwe South was found at high level of decomposition in South Africa.

Sihle Mvuvu is suspected to have died in May.Reports suggest she was only identified by her clothes.In May South Africa recorded a largest number of women who went missing. The largest number was found murdered. The motive of the killings were not clear.

The relatives and friends are mobilising funds to have Sihle’s body repatriated back to Gokwe for burial.Well wishers are called upon to make contributions of cash to assist the family in their endeavour to have the body repatriated. Gokwe people in South Africa are calling their fellow countrymen to form societies that help them during difficult times like these.

One person has been arrested in connection with her death. He will appear in Pambridge Magistrate Court in Thokoza tomorrow.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.Burial will be in Gokwe.

Tuku livens up Gokwe

The sleepy town of Gokwe came alive over the weekend after music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, who last performed here in 1989, gave local revellers a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment

Mtukudzi gave a spirited performance at Club Junior as he took revellers down memory lane when he belted out songs such as Neria, Nyanga Yenzou and Bvuma Wachembera.

The revellers, who braved the chilly weather, were also kept on their toes by dancehall sensation Killer T who performed after the legendary musician. Fans who travelled from as far as Gweru, Zvishavane and Kwekwe were not disappointed by the Mtukudzi and Killer T combination, as the two showed revellers why they are being touted as the best artistes in Zimbabwe at the moment.

Entertainment started as early as 4pm with local artiste, Leeroy “Dj Nuttie” Sundawo, giving revellers a taste of what was to come on the day when he belted some of Mtukudzi and Killer T’s hit songs.

Timothy Sibanda, who travelled from Zvishavane, told NewsDay that he attended the show after he missed Mtukudzi’s gig in Bulawayo recently.

“Everyone knows Tuku is a legend and there is no amount of money and expense which can deter me from attending Tuku’s show in the Midlands,” Sibanda said.

Another reveller Tichaona Masunda thanked Mtukudzi for performing in one of Zimbabwe’s biggest district, which was recently accorded with town status.

“Mtukudzi is a legend and classic, honouring Gokwe is one of the best things we will remember him for. We know he doesn’t usually perform in rural areas, but Gokwe is close to rural and many people saw him for the first time in real life, other than seeing him in newspapers,” Masunda said.

Club Junior proprietor Jacob Sundawo thanked revellers who attended the show, saying the support he is getting from them encouraged him to bring iconic musicians in the Gokwe.

Tsungai Secondary school teacher and pupil die in Kwekwe accident

A Gokwe teacher and pupil died in an accident when a vehicle they were travelling in overturned near Kwekwe on Wednesday. Six pupils who were in the Toyota Noah were injured. The teacher and the pupils were from Tsungai Secondary School. The driver lost control of the vehicle at the Gokwe turn-off along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway, resulting in the accident.

Acting Midlands police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende, confirmed the accident, which occurred at around 6am.

The vehicle was taking the teacher and pupils to Gweru for National Association of Secondary Schools Heads ball games provincial finals.

“I can confirm that two people died in an accident in Kwekwe when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle,” said Asst Insp Mukwende.

“Police are still carrying out investigations and we will soon furnish you with more details.”

Kwekwe mayor Councillor Matenda Madzoke said the driver of the vehicle approached the T-junction at high speed.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle after he tried to turn right at the interception while in high speed,” he said. “The vehicle overturned and rolled several times before landing on its roof.

“Two people, a teacher and a pupil, died on the spot while six others were seriously injured and were rushed to Kwekwe District Hospital.

“One who was critical injured was transferred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.

“Another critically injured pupil will also be transferred to Harare yesterday.”

Gokwe man arrested at Ngundu business centre with dangerous gun

MWENEZI – A 23-year-old man from Gokwe who was found with a 303 rifle and ammunition has been fined $300 or six months in jail.
Cornellius Mugejo of Mabongwane Village under Chief Nenyunga was arrested at Ngundu Business centre by Police detectives who were stopping and searching people.
He pleaded guilty before Mwenezi Magistrate Honest Musiiwa.
"I hired the gun from someone to use it for poaching on the boundaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe in Shashe area. The nine rounds of ammunition I bought them from a guy in South Africa," said Mugejo in mitigation.
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