Wednesday, 22 October 2014
MIDWEEK GWERU UPDATE (WEEK 43 - 2014)
With Maxwell Katakamba
CLUB UPTOWN & BLACKFACE ENTERTAINMENT are bringing ‘Dancehall Father’ Shinsoman to the Midlands capital this Saturday.
Featuring Lewaz Skattah of Tipeiwo Hwahwa fame and Mafiriji paKadoma hitmaker Wilton doba aka Legion ( Mudhara weMangoma) the show will also see Jungle Rebel displaying to Gweru musical fans what he is made of.
Farai Kanengoni, better known as Daddy Kane(ex-PowerFM ) confirmed that Baba Devante would land in the city over the weekend.
“DJ White, DJ 007, DJ Blacker, and myself, will be on the decks. We invite clubbers and people of all walks of life to come in their numbers to Gweru’s premium entertainment spot for the show. Mamwe maclubs, but Uptown chigayo chaicho Baba(Uptown leads the pack)” bragged Kanez, who together with Lovemore Mudede, have taken over the running of the popular club from former legislator Timothy Mukahlera. Kanengoni himself was a ZANU (PF) Gweru Urban parliamentary seat aspirant during the previous plebiscite.
2. SPIRITUAL WHISTLE SIGNALS START OF PROPHETIC MARATHON IN CITY
South Africa-based seer Prophet Gabriel Ramushwana is expected in the city tomorrow, where since Monday pilgrims have been jogging in the Prophetic Marathon.
The two-week interdenominational conference is being held at the Trinity Presbyterian church along Eighth Street during the Lunch Hour.
Meeting coordinator Pastor Bruce Chitsungo from Beam of Hope church said from the 28th to the 31st, evening services will also commence at the same venue.
Chart-topping gospel musician and minister of the gospel, Pastor Olinda Marowa from Spirit Embassy, Pastor Chuchu and Chitsungo (Beam of Hope) are also ministering through music and the Spoken Word
3.MURAPE WARNS CHAPUNGU
DYNAMOS skipper Murape Murape says the defending champions are looking to maintain their place at the top of the table and has warned Chapungu to brace for reprisal when Premiership action resumes this weekend. The Harare giants are set to host the Air Force of Zimbabwe side at Rufaro on Sunday hoping to avenge the 1-0 defeat they suffered in thefirst leg fixture at Ascot in April.
Talent Mwale gave Chapungu the winner with a 28th-minute strike. The wound, however, is still fresh in the DeMbare hearts and Murape feels its payback time.
“Its very rare that a team can collect six points from Dynamos. We all know what happened in the first leg, we haven’t forgotten that we lost at Ascot, but now it’s our turn to win at home. Any other result besides victory will not be satisfactory. A draw in this case would also mean that we have donated four points to Chapungu this year, which is unacceptable. We have been working on our shortcomings and this time we are hoping to come out victorious, said Murape.
The Glamour Boys currently lead the table with a two-point cushion over ZPC Kariba and Murape believes they have to win all the remaining five games to make sure that they bag the championship without the use of calculators like what has been happening in the last three seasons. DeMbare are unbeaten in 14 games and they are looking to continue with their form, picking up from the 1-0 away victory at Buffaloes in the outing before last weekend’s break to pave way for the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals.
Murape, however, was worried the break could affect their momentum although DeMbare did not stop training.
"The good thing is we didn’t relax during this short break. We even trained on Saturday and Sunday, which shows how serious the coaches are with winning the championship. This same seriousness has to be impressed in our minds as players. It’s not easy to be at the top of the table because everyone will be aiming their guns at you. “
Expectations are high from our supporters and there is also this pressure coming from all directions, but as Dynamos we are used to it. The bottom line is we need to win all our remaining games because that’s the only way we can guarantee our campaign. We haven’t been scoring enough goals so we are aiming to win the league on points, not goal difference, “said Murape.
4. LIBERATION WAR HERO PHILLIP ZIYAMBI LAID TO REST
The late liberation war hero Phillip Ziyambi has been buried at the Midlands Provincial Heroes Acre amid calls for the nation to safeguard and cherish its hard won independence.
Scores of people thronged the provincial shrine in Gweru to pay their last respects to the liberation war hero Ziyambi who succumbed to a kidney ailment at Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare.
He was buried with full military honours.
Addressing mourners, family representative Home Affairs Deputy Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi(in picture) said his father had run his race that brought the country’s freedom, adding the onus is now in the hands of those who remain to run the race of economic emancipation and bring economic prosperity.
5. SEPTUAGENARIAN SHOPLIFTER, DOZEN OTHERS NABBED
A 71 year-old shoplifter is among more than 30 men and women caught stealing from Gweru's newest supermarket Pick n Pay, so far.
More than 10 million people in the USA have been caught shoplifting in the last five years.
Shoplifting affects more than the offender. It overburdens the police and the courts, adds to a store’s security expenses, costs consumers more for goods, costs communities lost dollars in sales taxes and hurts children and families.
Shoplifters steal from all types of stores including department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops.
There is no profile of a typical shoplifter. Men and women shoplift about equally as often.
Approximately 25 percent of shoplifters are kids, 75 percent are adults. 55 percent of adult shoplifters say they started shoplifting in their teens.
Many shoplifters buy and steal merchandise in the same visit. Shoplifters commonly steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending upon the type of store and item(s) chosen.
Shoplifting is often not a premeditated crime. 73 percent of adult and 72 percent of juvenile shoplifters don’t plan to steal in advance.
89 percent of kids say they know other kids who shoplift. 66 percent say they hang out with those kids.
Shoplifters say they are caught an average of only once in every 48 times they steal. They are turned over to the police 50 percent of the time.
Approximately 3 percent of shoplifters are “professionals” who steal solely for resale or profit as a business. These include drug addicts who steal to feed their habit, hardened professionals who steal as a life-style and international shoplifting gangs who steal for profit as a business. “Professional” shoplifters are responsible for 10 percent of the total dollar losses.
The vast majority of shoplifters are “non-professionals” who steal, not out of criminal intent, financial need or greed but as a response to social and personal pressures in their life.
Drug addicts, who have become addicted to shoplifting, describe shoplifting as equally addicting as drugs.
6. GWERU-BASED ZANU PF YOUTH IN COURT FOR DISRUPTING GRACE MUGABE
Emmanuel Muzorera, 34, a Zanu-PF supporter based in Gweru who was arrested and taken to Bulawayo Central Police, has appeared in court for disrupting First Lady, Grace Mugabe's Bulawayo rally.
He walked onto the at AmaZulu Sports Club podium and picked up a microphone without permission.
He initially pleaded guilty to picking up the microphone when he appeared before provincial magistrate Sibongile Msipa.
However, when the magistrate asked him to confirm that he indeed intended to disrupt the proceedings at the rally, he denied saying he had wanted to deliver a solidarity message.
7. EX-GWERU MP MUKAHLERA QUITS POLITICS
FORMER Gweru Urban MDC-T MP and national executive committee member Timothy Mukahlera has quit politics as chaos continues to reign supreme in the Morgan Tsvangirai led party.
Mukahlera said the opposition party had been hijacked by some powerful individuals who were using it for their own ends.
The former MP told journalists that he had quit active politics and will not be joining any political party and will instead now concentrate on his family business.
8.GOREDEMA, SUGAR REPRESENT GWERU AT MR ZIM
Famed Gweru musclemen Paul Goredema and Isaac ‘Sugar’ Chimuchenga tried really hard to fly our red and white flag at the Mr Zimbabwe contest at Harare International School on the 19th of October.
In the end, Goredema was fourth in the main contest, while ‘Sugar’ who is the reigning Mr Ironman, was runner up in the Male Middleweight category.
Male heavyweight: (1)Champion Mbewe, (2)Patson Chatedzuka, (3)Upenyu Mahlaulo, (4)Paul Goredema, (5)Thompson Mpala
Male light heavyweight: (1)Vincent Kandiyero, (2)Ndumiso Dlodlo, (3)Irvine Dekeya, (4)Rutendo Banda, (5)Paul Matimba
Male Middleweight: (1)Blessing Samaringa, (2)Isaac Chimuchenga, (3)Tapiwa Chibota, (4)Eddie Marondera, (5)Blessing Nyapimbi
Male Lightweight: (1)Lovemore Munyanyiwa, (2)Garikayi Mujuru, (3)Eliah Samaringa, (4)George Munyoro, (5)Knowledge Mudzingwa
Junior Male U21: (1)Reginald Pasara, (2)Michael Shonhiwa, (3)Delvin Page, (4)Jacob Joe Masanhire, (5)Thomas Rafik Rwodzi
9. PRESIDENT NEEDS TO EXPLAIN GRACE OUTBURSTS
Gweru-based respected Zanu PF elder Cephas Msipa is demanding answers from President Robert Mugabe following the recent vitriolic and sustained attacks on Vice President Joice Mujuru by the First Lady Grace Mugabe.
Msipa, who has already indicated that he fears a split in the 51-year-old movement due to escalating factional and succession battles, told the Daily News yesterday that he was failing to understand why Mugabe was not moving to end the crisis.
“We are meeting as the politburo on Thursday and I hope to be told what this is all about. I just want to know the facts that have led to this, and hopefully find answers,” said Msipa, who was instrumental in brokering the 1987 peace accord between Mugabe and the late veteran nationalist Joshua Nkomo.
10. PISTORIUS OFF TO PRISON. WILL HE SERVE FULL TERM?
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after being found guilty of the culpable homicide of his law student and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
This brings to an end (for now) the saga which began on Valentine’s Day 2013. That day South Africa and the world woke up to the news that Steenkamp was dead, allegedly shot by Pistorius, in his house at Silverwoods Country Estate east of Pretoria.