Category: Features

A sea of colour at Zanu PF solidarity march

The parking area behind Rufaro Stadium was a sea of colour as scores of Zanu PF supporters waited patiently for the march in solidarity with the First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe that would end at the Zanu PF headquarters to commence. Most of the supporters were clad in party regalia which highlighted the sheer artistry of those who had designed the outfits. While many of the Zanu PF supporters decided to take shelter from the sun, many of them were huddled in groups, the obvious air of anticipation etched on their faces. As with many such occasions, the singing...

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Doma people and their isolated life

For a very long time, the Doma people in Kanyemba, north of Zimbabwe, with their rich complex traditions and beliefs, has lived in isolation and has been marginalised from the modern infrastructural and technological development other communities are enjoying. The tribe historically led a nomadic lifestyle and survived on hunting and gathering wild fruits and roots. Though the Doma have little contact with the majority of the populace, many families lead settled lives as semi-foragers. Some have built makeshift houses of pole and daga. In order to survive the dangers of dangerous animals like elephants and lions, they have built grass and pole cages that are high enough to keep them safe. Having been largely isolated for a very long time, a group of Doma people in Harare courtesy of a local church could not hide their joy as they got in contact with other people. Speaking to the ZBC News, Mbire legislator, Cde Douglas Karoro said the Mbire area has no access to appropriate shelter, electricity, proper road infrastructure, water and sanitation facilities. Chief Peter Enock Chapoto from Mbire expressed gratitude for the kind gesture by PHD Ministries, who have partnered the Mbire District Council for infrastructural development in the area. The infrastructural development initiative seeks to compliment government efforts to bring development in the country through the ZIMASSET’s infrastructure and utilities...

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‘Spare a thought for inmates’

Life in prison is one where apart from one’s liberties being stripped away, everyday essentials become scarce or even unavailable. Bearing that in mind, it was an exciting moment for the Chikurubi female prison inmates when a local arts group handed over some groceries and sanitary wear to the inmates. Life in prison is that of set patterns meant to ensure the prisoner is rehabilitated. However, for the Chikurubi female prisoners, members of the Zim Totem band offered a welcome diversion as they provided some musical relief, sanitary wear and food hampers to the Chikurubi female prisoners this afternoon....

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Cde Mahofa celebrated

Even in death, life becomes a celebration of the exploits of the departed. Acclaimed Irish writer William Wilde is quoted to have said, ‘to live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all’. This morning Stodart Hall became the epicentre of a spectacle that many of the residents have become accustomed to, saying goodbye to a gallant son or daughter of the soil. Mbare, a hub mainly associated with fruit and vegetables, the Matapi flats as well as the bus rank once again woke up to pay homage to the late Cde Shuvai Ben...

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Tears of a senior citizen in Maglas

The closure of Zimbabwe’s largest asbestos firm Shabanie Mine has created many challenges which can only be told by those within the area. A senior citizen in Shabanie says life has not been rosy following the sudden shutdown and its effect has had downstream problems to the community. She dedicated her youthful years working at the asbestos mine in Maglas, Shabanie which became her home. Today she seats in her single roomed house at the mine compound staring at its concrete walls and with nothing to show for all her years of effort. Born on September 6, 1920 Gogo...

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