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Winky D headlines Get Out and Vote launch

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MULTI-AWARD winning dancehall singer Winky D will tomorrow headline a stellar line-up of performers who will provide entertainment at the Get Out & Vote campaign launch courtesy of the Election Resource Centre (ERC) and its partners at Overspill Shops in Epworth near Harare.

The two-in-one free event is meant to encourage citizens to vote ahead of the forthcoming elections scheduled for July 30.

At the event, the Ninja President, as the chanter is popularly known among his hordes of fans, will share the stage with fellow dancehall artistes Kinnah, Silent Killer, Jah Signal and Lady Squanda.

The ERC executive director Tawanda Chimhini said the Get Out & Vote campaign seeks to encourage citizens to become active, positive and peaceful contributors to Zimbabwe’s progress by exercising their right to vote.

“As the July 30 polls draw closer, ERC, a think tank and advocacy institution on elections and democracy, together with our partners will on Saturday (tomorrow) launch nationwide elections awareness campaign which includes top musicians meant to educate and mobilise citizens to participate in electoral processes by not only going out to vote on the election day, but also observing the electoral process,” he said.

“As the elections date approaches, it is prudent to mobilise citizens to go out and vote. It is a fallacy that people, especially young ones, are not worried about politics. If they are engaged almost everyone that registered to vote during the biometric voter registration process can go out to vote.”

He said after the launch, the campaign will then spread through direct outreach in communities, churches, pubs and beer halls and marketplaces dotted across the country. “The campaign from its inception will make the marginalised communities youth, women and people with disabilities a priority, and make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote is able to vote,” he said.

ERC has in the past led successful campaigns like the X1G ahead of the 2013 elections to encourage youths to register and vote, the Communities in Action which encouraged citizens to engage their local leaders, said the event is all about informing voters about their civic rights and responsibilities.

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Gonyeti abducted and beaten by masked men

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Gonyeti has been found after being abducted and beaten by masked gunmen in the capital Harare, her relatives and colleagues say.

Samantha Kureya, known by her stage name “Gonyeti”, has been critical of the police and government in her skits.

She was taken from her home, beaten and forced to drink sewage before being dumped, her colleague says.

In Zimbabwe, comedians have historically found it difficult to make jokes about authority, fearing jail.
Police have not yet commented on her abduction.

Her brother, Jonathan Gasa, told the BBC that about six armed masked men stormed her home on Wednesday night, took her away, stripped and assaulted her.

He said they accused her of undermining the government with her skits.

She was found three hours later.

Her colleague Lucky Aaron told the BBC that she was dumped in “the bush” in the suburbs of Harare.

He said he picked her up and took her to the hospital for scans which confirmed no bones had been broken.

But he was still concerned for her health because she was forced to drink sewage, he added.

In a tweet, opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa called her abduction a “barbaric human rights violation”

In February Kureya was one of two comedians arrested for public nuisance for wearing a uniform that resembled a police uniform in a skit, reports the BBC’s Shingai Nyoka from Harare.

At the time she was reportedly warned that her comedy was becoming too political.

Gonyeti’s abduction follows several recent cases of activists who were planning anti-government protests being abducted and tortured, human rights groups say.

The Zimbabwean authorities denied any involvement in those abductions.

They have not yet commented on the comedian’s abduction.

Kureya told the BBC in 2018 that her comedy company Bustop TV used to be banned from attending national events but since Robert Mugabe was ousted from power she hoped comedians would be allowed more freedom of expression.

“I just hope in Zimbabwe we have the freedom to talk about the president without being in trouble, the freedom to talk about anyone without the police coming after you.”
“I just hope it will change, ” she said.BBC

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Olinda Chapel and Tytan in stormy breakup

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After a stormy month with his wife Olinda Chapel, Njabulo Nkomo has called time on their marriage, hinting at domestic abuse.

Olinda (35) accused Tytan Skhokho(29) of cheating with her best friend identified as Fungai last month.

In a statement yesterday, the Mukoko hit-maker who is now based in the United Kingdom where he was staying with Olinda said more details would be given in due course. He said in the meantime he has engaged the police and lawyers.

“Our relationship has sadly ended due to a catalogue of events that took place in July 2019. I will be able to talk fully about the details of the reason why our relationship has ended after the completion of police investigations and various legal proceedings,” wrote Tytan.

He said he is receiving counselling from domestic abuse services and asked the public to pray for him, his wife and their daughter Nandi.

“I’m receiving support from a strong legal team and domestic abuse services. I want to kindly ask that my family, friends and the public bear with me as I go through a very challenging and trying season in my life. Please keep Olinda, myself and Nandi in your prayers,” he said.

Tytan went on to remove all pictures of Olinda and him on his Instagram page leaving those with his daughter and friends. Olinda has done the same.

Now that it seems that the two have split, questions arise as to what will happen to the tattoo of Olinda’s name that Tytan etched on his forearm last year.

Posting an image of the inked hand on his social media pages, Tytan wrote: “What in the name of Uzumba did I just do? From today onwards Olinda, you’re not allowed to even dream of anyone else other than me. Even if I die, you’ll remain single till we meet again.”

People had warned him that the day will come that the two will divorce and removing the tattoo would be expensive.

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Jah Prayzah, Tanya Chikuni stir up controversy

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FORMER Miss Curvy Zimbabwe, Tanya Chikuni, has stirred controversy on social media after posting cosy photos of her and Jah Prayzah in Victoria Falls.

Chikuni, a former Miss Zimbabwe finalist who had been off the showbiz radar for a while, resurfaced this week when she was featured on Jah Prayzah’s Sadza Nemuriwo music video which was released on YouTube on Monday.

After the video was released, Tanya Chikuni, who played the role of Jah Prayzah’s fiancée, posted images of her and Jah Prayzah all cosy in Victoria Falls on her Instagram. Upon seeing the images, likely taken when they were shooting the video, most started asking “from which scene were these photos taken?”

Once again, most, especially women, started sympathising with Jah Prayzah’s wife, Rufaro, for having to witness such. Some suggested that she be given an award for being the strongest wife of the century.

“Mukadzi wa Alefu anofanira kupihwa award re the strongest wife of the whole century. Ngatimbomuombererai maoko, she’s a strong woman. Ini handizvigoni izvi makazin. (Jah Prayzah’s wife deserves to be given an award for being the strongest wife of the century. Let’s clap hands for her, she’s a strong woman. I personally can’t deal with this),” commented one Nyarie Wangu.

Some claimed that because of the chemistry on the photos, they had mistaken Chikuni for Rufaro.

“Ndanga ndati ndi Mai Jah (I thought it was Jah Prayzah’s wife) when I saw the photos,” commented another on Facebook.
The women felt that Jah Prayzah, even though shooting music videos, has a tendency of being too comfortable with women he collaborates with.

Some also felt that Chikuni was wrong for posting the cozy images as it seemed as if she wanted to spite Rufaro.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Chikuni said she could not comment without being given a go-ahead by Jah Prayzah’s Military Touch Movement record label.

Previously, Jah Prayzah, who at one point had images of him cosying up with Henrietta Rushwaya leaked, has said Rufaro understands his job as an artist and that she has no issues with his conduct as she knows it is purely business. The Chronicle

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