Kumasowe premieres at Book Cafe

Producers of the Kumasowe theatre say they will premiere the play at Book Cafe this coming Wednesday.

Book CafeTheatre producer Silvanos Mudzvova said the play will go ahead adding he did not alter anything after police last month summoned and barred him from officially launching it. ‘Kumasowe will be showing this Wednesday at Book Café and people should book seats now. It is still the original work, I have not altered it and will not do that in the near future despite the existence of spurious laws that were created to suppress a black man by the colonial regime and today under the leadership of a black man we are still being oppressed,’ elaborated Mudzvova.

The Kumasowe play caricatures the beating up of police officers by members of the Johane Masowe apostolic sect in Budiriro in June this year. Mudzvova said though comical, the portrayal in the film was aimed at raising important issues that are often ignored whenever people talk about the issue.

The story opens with police officers engaging an official who seeks to regulate the operations of Vapostori. The junior police officers are taken from a roadblock and are overtaken by their zeal and fail to consider pertinent issues before they engage.

‘Unbeknown to them, in the Vapostori camp are ex-convicts that are seeking redemption from spirits of violence, disgruntled vendors and kombi drivers who are trying to get assistance at the church after numerous losses caused by the police, among others,’ Mudzvova said.

"People go to Masowe for different reasons and the bulk of the people on this particular scene are out of jail courtesy of the presidential amnesty.

Mudzvova said one of the film’s ideals was to change the mindset with which people think of Vapostori.

The film feature award-winning actress Nyaradzo Nhongonhema (Madzimai Spiwe), Eddington Hatitongwe (Officer Chamvari), Olivia Chipindu (Officer Chigudu) and Moses Kawara (Officer Kepekepe).

Unprotected sex craze hits Harare, others even impregnate prostitutes

An embarrassing unprotected sex craze has seemingly hit the streets of Harare. The media have been awash with sex scandals every day and several men being caught red-handed having unprotected sex with married women, while others including company executives impregnate Avenues prostitutes, the capital city was bound to top the charts on sexually transmitted infections in the country.

The number of people infected by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to National AIDS Council, has increased by over 19 percent in the second quarter of 2014 with Harare topping the list, a development that has been attributed to carelessness.

Despite campaigns by stakeholders for the promotion of safe sex, figures on the ground show a worrying trend with the number of STIs increasing from 42 400 in the first quarter of 2014 to 50 500 in the second quarter.

Of the new STI cases recorded, 38 percent were tested for HIV with a positivity rate of 16 percent.

Harare Metropolitan province recorded the highest number of STI cases while Matabeleland South tops the list in terms of percentages.

The high percentage in Matabeleland South has been attributed to cross border migration and numerous mining activities including gold panning.
National AIDS Council Public Relations Officer, Ms Tadiwa Pfupa said this is a signal that people are neglecting protected sex and expressed concern that out of 197 000 people who tested for HIV, 185 000 collected their results while the other 12 000 did not.

"Those people could still be behaving as people who don't know that some of them are positive and they are not taking medication when they should be by now. That means they could be infecting other people as they are just as good as people who did not come for testing," she said.

The number of people who were tested for HIV also declined by seven percent in the second quarter compared with the first three months of the year.

Female clients were the majority of the people who accessed new HIV tests and HIV retests with 56 percent and 67 percent respectively.

The statistics also reveal that 724 299 people were on anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment during the second quarter.

About 1,2 million people are in need of the ARV therapy in accordance with the new World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines which require people with a CD4 count of 500 to be put on treatment.

‘Boko Haram’ terror gang emerges in Mbare

A terror outfit nicknamed Boko Haram has emerged amongst suspected Zanu-PF party supporters in the hostile Mbare suburb. Residents and traders in the suburb told Talking Harare the group, made up of youths, was terrorising them by demanding cash and other goods.

mbare musika‘There is a youthful group that operates especially around Mbare Musika and is forcing traders and vendors to pay cash so they can sell their goods freely. These youths usually force fresh produce farmers to pay $10 to be allowed to enter into the market and sell their produce. This is done in full view of restless council officials who are supposed to be collecting the fees,’ said a plastic bags trader at the Mbare Musika Market.

Clement Mukuva from Chihota said when he arrived at the popular market to sell his vegetables, he was asked to produce a Zanu PF card and forced to pay $20 before being allowed to get into the market. ‘I came all the way from Chihota accompanied by my young son to sell vegetables and when we got to the market, some youths claiming to be from Zanu PF demanded party cards and later $20 for me to access the market. This is very unfair considering huge expence involved in vegetable farming and transport to bring the produce to this market,’ complained Mukuva.

Other residents also confirmed the presence of the terror group whose members allegedly spend early morning hours collecting cash from farmers, traders and motorists whilst in the afternoons they coerce people into attending party gatherings.

Recent media reports also claimed the existence of the same group although no one could come out and claim membership or leadership. Others say ‘Boko Haram’ is a Zanu-PF factional creation, believed to be an answer or rival group to the shadowy Chipangano, which for years has terrorised residents and traders in Mbare.

Contacted for comment, Zanu PF Mbare councilor Anthony Shangadeya denied knowledge of existence of 'Boko Haram.' ‘I am not aware of such a group, if it exists maybe I am yet to know but you never know with Mbare. A lot of things happen here. But what I am aware of is Chipangano group,’ said Shangadeya before refusing to entertain further questions.

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