Category: Features

Dogs battle in scruffy show

Launched in 2016, the Victoria Falls Scruffy Dog Show, which is a charity event, continues to generate interest, with many dogs participating at this year’s event where they battled it out to be crowned the ugliest dog on show. The festive season is traditionally a time of giving and sharing. Many events are taking place around the country as different organisations seek to raise funds to assist the less privileged. For Victoria Falls residents, the annual scruffy dog competition is not just an occasion to watch some of the ugliest dogs competing but rather a platform to contribute towards a worthy cause. Several dogs competed for honors at the annual event with some of the popular categories being the ugliest dog, the face of Victoria Falls, the most disciplined dog and best Zimbabwean dog. The ugliest dog category saw stiff competition but at the end of the day, 4-year old Zippy, an English bull terrier shrug off the challenge from the other dogs to claim the coveted prize, much to the delight of the owner, Gail Webster. It was Zippy’s day as he walked away with three prizes. Another fiercely contested category was the best dressed dog with contestant number 7 clad in an African attire eventually adjudged the winner. The judges and the spectators concurred that the event was a success with expectations that next year’s edition will...

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‘Dancing in the rain’

 Many shudder at getting wet and scury for cover at the touch of a few raindrops but the feeling was different somewhere. They say one can never apologise for the weather. With the rainy season now upon us, event planning demands more attention but when the unexpected happens such as the opening up of the heavens, then the choice for those caught unaware is whether to maintain the event or abort it. In this decision making moment the mood will certainly be dampened. Interestingly aborting or a dampened mood was never the option for the crowd that had gathered...

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Tales of a GBV survivor

As the country continues to observe 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, victims of sexual violence are opening up on how they were abused. One survivor was raped by an 80-year old man at the age of 3 and this is one of several stories that require urgent address. Some are abused by close relatives while others fall prey to strangers. One gory incident involved a three year old girl who was continuously raped by an 80 year old HIV positive man. The survivor who is now 19 years old, reveals how her aunt took her from...

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40 years on, Chimoio massacre relived

 Today marks 40 years since the Chimoio massacre in which thousands of freedom fighters, including women and children, perished at the hands of the Ian Smith-led Rhodesian forces in Mozambique at the height of the Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle. The legacy left behind by over 3 000 freedom fighters and war collaborators who lost their lives in the Chimoio massacre carried out by the Rhodesian forces on 23 November 1977 at Chimoio ZANLA military camp in Mozambique is eternal as it is engraved in Zimbabwe’s history. The Rhodesian Security Forces attacked Chimoio in combined air and ground raid on that fateful...

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Health Ministry fails Ntabazinduna community

The people of Ntabazinduna in Umguza district feel short-changed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care as the proposed upgrading of Ntabazinduna Clinic remains a pipe dream. In 2015, the Ministry of Health and Child Care made a pronouncement that it was going to upgrade Ntabazinduna clinic to a standard and model rural health care centre. The ministry also offered to second an ambulance to the clinic to deal with emergency cases. However, to date nothing has been done to improve the hospital and the community is still struggling to deal with the health needs. The clinic is servicing the densely populated Ntabazinduna and Mbembesi communities and other resettlement areas. People who spoke to the ZBC News said the government must honour its promises to the people and stop grand standing. They also blamed the political leadership for not making follow ups on the proposed developmental projects, saying the trend was worrisome and showed bad leadership. They called on officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care to move in swiftly and ensure that the promised ambulance is delivered. Recently, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa was quizzed on the issue and said he was in discussion with Cde Obert Mpofu, the legislator for the area, on the appropriate place where the ambulance will be...

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