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BY JAMES MUONWA
KADOMA: Factionalism reared its ugly head during last Friday's main
Presidential Clean Up campaign held here and billed to be officiated
by Acting President Kembo Mohadi.
Scores of prominent Zanu PF figures, including Mashonaland West
provincial commissar Solomon Solomon, were conspicuous by their
absence at the event that was later officiated by Paul Damasane,
permanent secretary in VP Mohadi's office.
The only notable figures at the event were former parliamentarian Fani
Phiri, party apologists and businessmen Francis Kondanani, Langton
Mabhanga and Major Meja.
Controversial businessman-cum-politician Jimayi Muduvuri reportedly
attempted to capitalise on Mohadi's visit and convince him to
commission 10 housing units at his Pixie Combe Housing Project.
Ironically, the clean-up exercise was held at the "illegal" Kadoma bus
terminus which has, for years, been at the centre of a tussle between
Muduvuri and Kadoma City Council. Muduvuri claims ownership of the
land and has refused to cede title to council.
Sources told this reporter that the Zanu PF Kadoma district leadership
was not consulted over the VP's impending visit, hence the snub.
The event was bereft of the hype and bussing of party supporters
familiar with visits by high profile Zanu PF figures, an indictment
that all is not well in the party structures in Kadoma.
Solomon said he was not going to attend the clean-up exercise as he
had not been personally notified as is the norm.
"l will not go there. Why should l dignify an event organised by a
divisive individual like Jimayi?" charged Solomon, popularly known as
'Mambo Solo'.
Solomon accused Muduvuri of misinforming Zanu PF supporters that the
VP was visiting the town specifically to commission the houses at his
100-hectare housing project rolled out under his investment vehicle
Macsherp Holdings.
When this reporter visited the housing project on the day, a group of
clergymen and women, under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Amalgamated
Churches Council (ZACC) of which Muduvuri is patron, were convening a
meeting in a marquee tent erected to host the envisaged gathering
which would also include VP Mohadi.
However, Muduvuri's plot failed dismally, resulting in the red-faced
politician snubbing the clean-up in his own backyard, while his
hangers-on were forced to disperse at the Pixie Combe project situated
about 10 km from town centre where they waited in vain.
Said Muduvuri of his no-show at the clean-up, "All l was anticipating
was to meet my uncle (President Emmerson Mnangagwa) or the VP and
convince them to grace the commissioning of the core-houses that we
built for our clergy.
"l belong to the Zanu PF central committee and have been a party
member for over 30 years and nobody can dictate to me what to do. The
clean-up event, in the absence of the president, is too small and
not-worthy function for me to attend."
He added, "Besides, I am disabled and walk with the aid of a crutch
and you expect me to hold a broom and sweep?"
Muduvuri went on to draw a line in the sand and challenged his
adversaries to a bruising fight.-POLITICS

BY JAMES MUONWA
Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) will soon roll out degree
programmes in medicine and biotechnology following consummation of a
tripartite partnership with Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital and the
African Institute for Biomedical Sciences and Technology (AiBST).
The envisaged medical school will become the third in the country
after those at the University of Zimbabwe and National University of
Technology that train doctors, pharmacists and laboratory scientists,
among other disciplines.
Speaking after the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding
held at CUT on Tuesday, Vice Chancellor Professor David Simbi said the
penning of the tripartite agreement lay the rudimentary architecture
for the setting up of a fully-fledged School of Health Sciences and
Technology.
"Those who started the hospital yearned to make it a training hospital
and this was rekindled when the university was opened.
"There were sceptics who said there were enough doctors but we felt
otherwise. Our niche, steeped in medicine and health sciences, will be
to have educational architecture that develops a doctor who does not
only prescribe medicines but makes medicines supported by technology,"
said Simbi.
He said there was frenzied anxiety to see the project to fruition.
Chinhoyi hospital medical superintendent, Collet Mawire said his
institution's vision is to be the centre of excellence in health care
and technology that produces unique health professionals.
"Technology is the in-thing, therefore, we want to produce unique
cadres with unique features who will make a difference in terms of
health services," said Mawire.
He lamented the huge skills gap for bio-technologists and laboratory
scientists in local health centres.
AiBST chief scientific officer, Collen Masimirembwa said the field of
medicine had become stagnant and required a transformative paradigm to
churn out a new breed of medical professionals.
Masimirembwa underscored the need for teamwork among the tripartite
partners in the long and arduous journey towards the successful launch
of the envisaged medical school.
The event also saw the first cohort of eleven graduands receiving
post-graduate certificates in biomedical laboratory
technologies.-EDUCATION.

BY JAMES MUONWA
Cancer has overtaken HIV and Aids and other killer ailments to become
the deadliest disease in Zimbabwe, where 30 percent of deaths are
recorded annually.
Over 250 000 children and adolescents below 20 years old are diagnosed
with cancer every year, while 90 000 do not survive.
Health and Child Care minister, Obadiah Moyo, in a speech read on his
behalf by the director for non-communicable diseases in the Health
ministry Dr Justin Mudavanhu during belated World Hospice and
Palliative Care commemorations hosted recently at Chinhoyi Provincial
Hospital, raised concern over the urgent need to scale up integration
of palliative care in the health sector inorder to enhance equitable
access to holistic quality care for people suffering from
life-threatening illnesses.
"Cancer accounts for 30 percent of mortality in Zimbabwe and up to 7
000 new cases are recorded annually.
"The commemoration is coming at a time when Zimbabwe's epidemiological
profile reflects a dual burden of communicable and non-communicable
diseases (NCDs) that have led to high morbidity and mortality and an
observed increase in the number of NCDs such as hypertension and
cancer," said Moyo.
The Health minister said 95 percent of adults and children with NCDs
and patients afflicted by HIV/ Aids and TB require palliative care but
a paltry 5 percent was receiving it.
"With the growing demand for palliative care in the country, the
development of improved capacity to delivery of palliative care is a
high priority."
Moyo said the capacity building will be through knowledge, skills and
tools that enhance the early identification of patients who require
the service, screening and referral of patients to the next level of
care.
Speaking at the same event, a breast cancer survivor, Mwaoneni Mupungi
(49) who got help at Island Hospice, emphasised the need for
specialised care for patients and called on the government to heavily
subsidise cancer drugs which are very expensive.
Hospice and palliative care day is marked globally during the second
Saturday of October to raise local, regional and international
awareness on the subject.
This year's commemorations were held under the theme, 'Palliative
Care: My Care, My Right'.-TOP NEWS.
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