Category: Features

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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Scores survive Boterekwa accident

Scores of people are counting themselves lucky after surviving what could have become a national disaster at the famous Boterekwa in Shurugwi this afternoon. Travelling towards Zvishavane down the mighty and scenic mountainous terrain stretching 10km, a local bus lost brakes and just before it collided head-on with a stationary ‘abnormal load’ haulage truck, an invisible hand just intervened to save the situation. With little time to react, the driver avoided the deep gorge and guided the bus to the other side, risking a head on collision with the mountain cliff. Lady luck was indeed on the passengers’ side,...

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Sibanda ‘surname’ dominates PSL clubs’ goalkeepers

Is it about a special name for the task of goalkeeping or it is mere coincidence? The 2017 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) season has presented this big question as the name Sibanda seem defined specifically for goalkeeping. As the castle lager PSL draws to an end the only thing that has characterised most teams is the name Sibanda which has seen 5 goalkeepers sharing the same surname. Bulawayo City has Ndodana Sibanda, How Mine Future Sibanda, Ariel Sibanda for Highlanders, Edmore Sibanda Caps United and Elton Sibanda goalminding for relegated Bantu Rovers. This phenomenon is too glaring...

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Jacaranda trees brighten Harare’s summer

Many have travelled from faraway lands just to get a glimpse of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is summer. Adorned with its blooming Jaracanda trees, Harare offers a spectacular picturesque that imprints on many a mind. Forget about the traffic congestion in the capital city, disregard the burst sewage pipes and the potholes that are giving motorists a night mare, instead choose to see the beauty as blossoming jacaranda trees brighten up Harare’s summer time. Jacaranda trees are found all over Harare and Zimbabwe’s other towns and cities, and they are also widely scattered across the countryside. But for Harare, the...

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