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2021-07-24
*Daring Hwange Thieves Pounce On Graves* A group of thieves is allegedly terrorising Hwange residents and demolishing graves, Indaba has learnt The gang is stealing red bricks labelled Wankie This bizarre incident has left Hwange in shock as the thieves are targeting graves built with old shiny Wankie bricks for resale to builders in Empumalanga Township and Victoria Falls city This bizarre incident has left Hwange in shock as the thieves are targeting graves built with old shiny Wankie bricks for resale to builders in Empumalanga Township and Victoria Falls city

O’Brian Nyathi a resident of Madumabisa village (Number 2) said the behavior of these people is a sign of culture erosion due to poverty “People have lost Ubuntu, how can someone steal from the graveyards? Poverty is driving people crazy and we are losing our culture Culturally it is taboo to temper around with grave yards,” said Nyathi Culturally it is taboo to temper around with grave yards,” said Nyathi

Indaba visited Number 2 grave yard and saw the destruction Nyathi said recently the thieves pounced on the old Methodist church and stole the same bricks leaving it in shambles Meanwhile, other sources in the area said they reported the malicious damage to the police but the thieves continue with their unlawful acts Meanwhile, other sources in the area said they reported the malicious damage to the police but the thieves continue with their unlawful acts

*Indaba*

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2021-07-24
*Covid-19 Lockdowns, Gym Closures Birth Virtual Fitness Communities* The Covid-19 lockdown has seen many people out of work, it has seen thousands picking up on long lost hobbies and past times Health experts have also emphasised the importance of health and fitness, as the pandemic is raging, as studies have shown that physical fitness makes it easier for the body to fight the virus, as compared to an unhealthy person With the closure of gyms and other recreational facilities, thousands of people have had to seek alternatives With the closure of gyms and other recreational facilities, thousands of people have had to seek alternatives

This has seen the sprouting of online gyms and virtual health and fitness communities Fitness trainers who are out of work have had to adapt and remodel their work offerings to work from home, like most people Some are finding it hard because all the equipment they are accustomed to using is locked up in gyms, and they are home Some are finding it hard because all the equipment they are accustomed to using is locked up in gyms, and they are home

However, some people have indeed found the proverbial silver lining in the dark cloud Sinamathamsanqa Mvemve, a journalism graduate is counting her gains despite losing her job as a marketing communications executive owing to the Covid-19 induced lockdowns A local firm she worked for is one of those that failed to endure the economic shops and had to fold in May 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdowns that meant a cut on business A local firm she worked for is one of those that failed to endure the economic shops and had to fold in May 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdowns that meant a cut on business

As lockdowns were extended for the greater part of 2020, Sina had to dust herself and continue living Now an Instagram sensation, the Mpopoma suburb woman turned a hobby into a business and is now a sought after fitness trainer “When I lost my job I thought the world was caving in “When I lost my job I thought the world was caving in

To keep myself sane I exercised and practised yoga a lot, and as a lover of social media, it comes naturally with my work as a marketer, I posted a lot of my workout videos on Facebook and Instagram I have been amassing a steady following and I now teach fitness classes for women, especially women who want to want to shape up after birth and overweight women who want to start living healthier lives My sessions are very affordable and friendly and do not need any monetary investments My sessions are very affordable and friendly and do not need any monetary investments

We only work with what we have at home, so you have no excuse at all “I preach wellness and not looking skinny or showing off abs I believe there are women out there who have a good or correct body mass index but are not fit at all and have very poor eating habits I believe there are women out there who have a good or correct body mass index but are not fit at all and have very poor eating habits

This has been quite a journey for myself as well as I have grown so much from this Our sessions are also mental health support groups in a way as women vent and we are a safe space, we talk about our insecurities and then use exercise to take it all out,” said Mvemve Mvemve added that she combines her academic side, what she learnt in health communication at Nust, with lived realities and calls for people to take an interest in issues of health and temperance Mvemve added that she combines her academic side, what she learnt in health communication at Nust, with lived realities and calls for people to take an interest in issues of health and temperance

“I take most of my motivation from my health communication module taught at Nust I enjoyed it and now I am using it to build healthier communities The biggest challenge in our communities is rooted in bad diets And it’s unfortunate that we are teaching our kids bad eating habits Just because you can afford to eat fast food every day for the week does not mean that you should Your health can’t afford it Exercise also helps you manage existing health conditions I have sinus problems and insomnia but with exercise, my nasal health is great and I sleep well,” she said She advised young people to harness the power of social media for income-generating activities, which she said could be a lever against poverty “Most of my clients are referrals, many come via inboxes from my social networks and people love working with me because I emphasise the zero equipment way to fitness The only thing that my trainees must have is a skipping rope or jump rope, and at home, one can substitute this with an electric cable or any other rope that can work” “After all we are on lockdown, so people’s finances are limited, you do not want to be telling people to invest in exercise equipment at a time when they are trying to stretch their dollars to ensure that families have enough to eat Most people have very sedentary lifestyles and the lockdowns have worsened this situation To make matters worse, what we are eating does not go down well with those lifestyles,” added Sina CITE spoke to some women who joined the fitness classes and they said the virtual fitness clubs have helped them cope with stresses brought by lockdown and have also worked on their health Tinotenda Munyira from Northend suburb said her physical fitness was important as she had previously suffered poor health due to a sedentary lifestyle “My physical fitness is important to me because of my health My experience with Sina has been great because I managed to regain my confidence (body positivity) I was overweight but she encouraged me to exercise and eat healthily She gave me workout routines and a diet plan as well I have lost about 10 kg so far I am a size 38 from size 42 My body has also become more flexible than before and my blood pressure has become normal,” said Tinotenda She said Sina was a great person to work with and recommended her to other people wanting to improve their health Another trainee, Sharon Lindelwa Dube from Gwabalanda suburb said she came from a family with hereditary chronic conditions and used exercise and healthy eating to try and fight for a healthier life ahead “I am a chubby person Working out is not for me to get thin, but it is for my well-being want to keep a fit body Genes come at play, everyone in my family is big and tall, and I’m not so far from my lineage, for me to be in really ambitious of me But to keep fit and healthy is my aim In my family chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart conditions are prominent, so my fitness journey is me taking a stand to fight for a healthier life before I am even diagnosed of any of those conditions I have skin issues, but the more I exercise and drink a lot of water, the more my skin clears up Exercise also helps me deal with stress, at work, I deal with numbers so an outlet such as exercise that helps me deal with stress is welcome Working with Sina is great as I am working with a friend, a sister, a peer, someone who understands and is patient, she said Director of Health Services in the Bulawayo City Council, Dr Edwin Sibanda in an interview with CITE said physical fitness was important for the maintenance of good public health in the city He said most people with chronic illnesses were suffering the consequences of poor lifestyles and said a lifestyle revolution was needed in the city to ensure that people had better eating habits and a total lifestyle overhaul for better health “Public health and general wellness is something that we take seriously as a city Wellness goes beyond just your health Poor health becomes an economic issue because most of these chronic conditions are very expensive to manage Just visit a number of pharmacies and find out how much insulin costs Sadly, most of these Non-Communicable Diseases are from poor lifestyles and bad eating habits, something that is within our control For a healthier city we must all eat well, exercise and ensure that we take good care of our bodies because being sick is very expensive Many of the leading NCDs can be avoided if people live healthier lives and the key to it all lies in what you eat and how much physical activity you do,” said Dr Sibanda Section 687 of the National Development Strategy 1 speaks about the promotion of sport for health which will be done with the aim of improving public health and general wellness in the country, especially as the country is battling a big non-communicable disease problem “The promotion of sport for health will be intensified during the NDS1 Period to achieve increased public health and well-being The following strategies will be implemented: Establish community clubs that promote healthy lifestyles; Stakeholder engagement in the purchase and maintenance of equipment and consumables for wellness programmes; and Establish community nutritional programmes and community support groups”

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2021-07-24
*Deportee Blaming Whites For Killing Zimbabweans Was Jailed For Murdering Partner* One of the 14 deportees who arrived from the United Kingdom Thursday, Archibald Gurure, had just been released from prison after he was convicted of beating his partner to death and mutilating her body On 25 March 2010, Gurure then 35, of Humberstone Road, Leicester, killed Julia Mubvuma then 44, at her flat in the city According to media reports then, Leicester Crown Court heard in January 2011 that Mubvumba was beaten in a drunken argument and suffered injuries including having her liver removed and a finger cut off According to media reports then, Leicester Crown Court heard in January 2011 that Mubvumba was beaten in a drunken argument and suffered injuries including having her liver removed and a finger cut off

Gurure pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to serve a minimum of 18 years However, he was released this year after serving 10 years before he was deported from the UK this week The morning after he killed Mubvumba in 2010, Gurure rang relatives and confessed to the crime The morning after he killed Mubvumba in 2010, Gurure rang relatives and confessed to the crime

As details of the mutilation were read out in court, Mubvumba’s son who was 25 then walked out High Court judge, Justice Keith said: “No-one will know exactly how Julie died – you may know, but if you do, you are not saying You knew it was you who killed her and you must now pay the price You knew it was you who killed her and you must now pay the price

” Mubvumba’s family later released a statement saying: “Julia was a kind, caring person, full of love and life She was such a chatterbox, too, who brought the family together in good times and bad times – a true inspiration “The devastation, emptiness, especially on her four children, is unimaginable “The devastation, emptiness, especially on her four children, is unimaginable

” Lawrence English, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said Gurure’s guilty plea: “Has spared Ms Mubvumba’s family the ordeal of sitting through a trial and reliving the events surrounding her death We may never fully understand why Archibald Gurure attacked his victim in this appalling way, but we hope that seeing him brought to justice will help them in some way to move on with their lives” Gurure, speaking to the state broadcaster ZBC Thursday, soon after his arrival from the UK, blamed the British authorities for deporting him when they have also committed other heinous crimes in Zimbabwe, which led to the death of thousands of natives” Gurure, speaking to the state broadcaster ZBC Thursday, soon after his arrival from the UK, blamed the British authorities for deporting him when they have also committed other heinous crimes in Zimbabwe, which led to the death of thousands of natives

“People make mistakes How many people did they (British settlers) kill to get farms in Zimbabwe? They desecrated our ancestors’ shrines,” an agitated Gurure said Zimbabwe used to be a British colony until 1980 when the country attained its independence Zimbabwe used to be a British colony until 1980 when the country attained its independence

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2021-07-24
*Deportee Blaming Whites For Killing Zimbabweans Was Jailed For Murdering Partner* One of the 14 deportees who arrived from the United Kingdom Thursday, Archibald Gurure, had just been released from prison after he was convicted of beating his partner to death and mutilating her body On 25 March 2010, Gurure then 35, of Humberstone Road, Leicester, killed Julia Mubvuma then 44, at her flat in the city According to media reports then, Leicester Crown Court heard in January 2011 that Mubvumba was beaten in a drunken argument and suffered injuries including having her liver removed and a finger cut off According to media reports then, Leicester Crown Court heard in January 2011 that Mubvumba was beaten in a drunken argument and suffered injuries including having her liver removed and a finger cut off

Gurure pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to serve a minimum of 18 years However, he was released this year after serving 10 years before he was deported from the UK this week The morning after he killed Mubvumba in 2010, Gurure rang relatives and confessed to the crime The morning after he killed Mubvumba in 2010, Gurure rang relatives and confessed to the crime

As details of the mutilation were read out in court, Mubvumba’s son who was 25 then walked out High Court judge, Justice Keith said: “No-one will know exactly how Julie died – you may know, but if you do, you are not saying You knew it was you who killed her and you must now pay the price You knew it was you who killed her and you must now pay the price

” Mubvumba’s family later released a statement saying: “Julia was a kind, caring person, full of love and life She was such a chatterbox, too, who brought the family together in good times and bad times – a true inspiration “The devastation, emptiness, especially on her four children, is unimaginable “The devastation, emptiness, especially on her four children, is unimaginable

” Lawrence English, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said Gurure’s guilty plea: “Has spared Ms Mubvumba’s family the ordeal of sitting through a trial and reliving the events surrounding her death We may never fully understand why Archibald Gurure attacked his victim in this appalling way, but we hope that seeing him brought to justice will help them in some way to move on with their lives” Gurure, speaking to the state broadcaster ZBC Thursday, soon after his arrival from the UK, blamed the British authorities for deporting him when they have also committed other heinous crimes in Zimbabwe, which led to the death of thousands of natives” Gurure, speaking to the state broadcaster ZBC Thursday, soon after his arrival from the UK, blamed the British authorities for deporting him when they have also committed other heinous crimes in Zimbabwe, which led to the death of thousands of natives

“People make mistakes How many people did they (British settlers) kill to get farms in Zimbabwe? They desecrated our ancestors’ shrines,” an agitated Gurure said Zimbabwe used to be a British colony until 1980 when the country attained its independence Zimbabwe used to be a British colony until 1980 when the country attained its independence

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2021-07-23
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2021-07-23
*ZEC Closes Office As 2 Million Get Vaccinated* An upsurge of Covid-19 infections in the country has sent the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) into shutting down all its offices countrywide This will be for a period of 14 days ZEC follows another bold act by State entity, TelOne, which has sent all its unvaccinated employees on forced leave ZEC follows another bold act by State entity, TelOne, which has sent all its unvaccinated employees on forced leave

“It is hereby notified for the general public that all Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices across the country will temporarily close for 14 days from July 26, 2021 to August 8, 2021; in response to rising Covid-19 cases countrywide…The Commission encourages its stakeholders to observe the national Covid-19 guidelines, World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and ZEC Covid-19 policy during the break,” reads the statement by chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba So far the Zimbabwe government has reduced its workforce to 25 percent in a bid to contain the spread of the dreaded virus while private companies have directed 60 percent of their employees to work from home So far the Zimbabwe government has reduced its workforce to 25 percent in a bid to contain the spread of the dreaded virus while private companies have directed 60 percent of their employees to work from home

In the last 14 days Zimbabwe recorded 32 613 confirmed cases As at July 22, 2021 a total of 2 870 deaths were recorded since the first case was detected To date 2 017 101 people have been vaccinated in the country To date 2 017 101 people have been vaccinated in the country

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2021-07-23
*Children Not Safe From Covid-19: Experts* Children in the country are said to be increasingly getting vulnerable to COVID-19 as infections continue to soar with the virus killing thousands, medical experts have warned This followed reports that a one-year-old baby had succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 Delta variant in Bulawayo recently As at July 21, the Health ministry statistics showed that Zimbabwe had recorded 2 705 new infections and 62 deaths from the respiratory virus As at July 21, the Health ministry statistics showed that Zimbabwe had recorded 2 705 new infections and 62 deaths from the respiratory virus

While the number of deaths continued to rise, there has been raging debate in the country over the safety of COVID-19 vaccines on children, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers Medical and Dental Private Practitioners of Zimbabwe Association president Johannes Marisa said inasmuch as children could not be inoculated with the COVID-19 jab, parents needed to constantly monitor for any symptoms of the disease on young ones “For ethical reasons, the vaccines were not made for young people aged below 18 years “For ethical reasons, the vaccines were not made for young people aged below 18 years

When research was done, it was directed at the adult population preferably 18-60-year-olds Kids were not included because it is unknown if they will develop side effects That is the situation on the ground, but we need to make sure these minors are taken early to hospital,” Marisa said That is the situation on the ground, but we need to make sure these minors are taken early to hospital,” Marisa said

“The only thing haunting us is denialism, where people think COVID-19 infects adults and minors cannot catch it Parents need to keep their children at home They also need to seek treatment early whenever there are symptoms of the virus They also need to seek treatment early whenever there are symptoms of the virus

” Senior Hospital Doctors Association president Shingai Nyaguse added: “It would be good to first get the medical history of the minor who died from the Delta variant The Delta variant is more transmissible, but hasn’t yet been shown to be more deadly than previous variants” Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike believed it was high time authorities changed tactic, especially now that many young children were succumbing to the virus” Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike believed it was high time authorities changed tactic, especially now that many young children were succumbing to the virus

“Due to the highly virulent COVID-19 variants, we’re now starting to see the virus affecting minors But due to the limited availability of vaccines, most African countries including Zimbabwe have delayed vaccinating adolescents and minors, yet they are also highly-likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19 than adults,” he said Rusike said now that some children were catching the virus, and even dying, the country should consider vaccinating children who were clinically vulnerable and live with vulnerable adults Rusike said now that some children were catching the virus, and even dying, the country should consider vaccinating children who were clinically vulnerable and live with vulnerable adults

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