BEING TANAKA

Check out our fiction series: Being Tanaka  written by a prolific author,  Kudzai Mwanza.#beingtanaka is the hash tag to use to get quick updates and conversation around the story. Happy Reading!!!

EPISODE #2 

Tanaka tried to mask her own fears by comforting her husband, but it was not working. The more she stayed with him, the more frightened she became. Tanaka had never seen Daniel in this state before, and it really terrified her. Daniel had a blank look in his eyes, focused on the bathroom door but not seeing anything. He rocked back and forth, no longer talking but whimpering and making funny breathing sounds. His body was shaking and he had suddenly gone cold.

Tanaka sighed with relieve when Doctor Tinashe Saidi, the pathologist tapped lightly on the door, followed by team of paramedics with Mars Ambulance service. The paramedics along with the doctor swooped into the bathroom and examined the body. The doctor did not do much, he just opened the zip, nodded a few timed then ordered the paramedics to remove the torso and body parts and put them in a black body bag.

The doctor told one of the paramedics that he had come with to take Daniel with them to the hospital. When Daniel was lifted up, he did not put up a fight. It was as if he was no longer in his body, that what was left was a lifeless zombie. Tanaka stepped aside as the paramedics left with her husband, her heart heavy with concern and worry. She turned to the doctor who was leaning by the door then tried to put on a brave face with him.

“We are friends Tanaka.” Saidi began with a comforting smile. “ You don’t have to pretend with me.”
“Thanks. “ Tanaka said, then sighed.
“Our vic was strangled and suffocated but that is not what killed him.”
“What did?”
“loss of blood for one. His body was put under too much trauma when it was mutilated, it was bound to shut down…”
“He was mutilated when he was still alive?” Tanaka asked her heart suddenly beating.
“Yes. The killer was sending a message. I am putting the time of death between forty eight and fifty four hours from now. I have to do further tests to be sure.”
“And murder weapon?”
“Its something sharp and with jaggered teeth, I would say probably a hacksaw.”

“Thanks doctor.”
“If ever you want to talk…” Saidi let his sentence trail off into nothing then smiled at Tanaka who smiled back.
“Of course.”

Tanaka and Saidi had known each other about eleven years now and they had become good friends. Saidi was a middle aged man who was starting to lose his hair and hence had began shaving his head bald. He was short, had a hunched back and wore heavy glasses that made him look like a cartoon character. When he was sixteen he had been involved in a car crash that had damaged his right leg and hence he walked with limb. In order to pay for medical school, he had taken a job at a cigarette manufacturing company, the smell had stayed with him ever since then. The job at the firm had left him with yellow teeth, black lips and red eyes that made him look like he was drunk all the time. Surprisingly, he had a very warm and loving face. As the doctor exited the gate, Tanaka’s partner detective Maud Chifamba, a young vivacious dark skinned, dreadlocked woman came through the door. Maud Chifamba had recently gotten married to a college sweetheart, and even though she had changed her surname and all, her workmates still chose to address her as Maud Chifamba.

She moved in energetic brisk steps, and she had a contagious loud laugh. Chifamba noticed Tanaka, then rushed to her and gave her a tight embrace first.

“I came with Gandawa and Samkange, they are interviewing the neighbors. Why did you come here in the first place?”
“House hunting.”
“House hunting?” Chifamba repeated with worry in her eyes.
“What?”
“Samkange investigated a case like this one twenty years ago. Ever since then this house was taken off the market and was due for demolition. I am not sure why its still standing, but no one has lived here ever since then.”
“You can’t be serious. My husband inherited this house from his father, who lived here and died two weeks ago.”
“I thought…”
“His father’s lawyer came into contact with him a day after his father died.”

“The last I heard of this a house, a man called Tucker Dube had been brutally murdered. This..”
“Tucker Dube?”
“Yes?”
“We buried that man nine days ago!”
“That man was blugeoned to death twenty years ago.” Chifamba said in a whisper, Tanaka took a few steps back trying to understand what was going on. What was Chifamba saying?

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HOW TO ACTIVATE VOICE CALLING ON WHATSAPP

VOICE calling,the most anticipated feature of WhatsApp has been finally launched on Android. The feature is available in the app’s latest version, but you’ll need another user’s help to activate it. First, you’ll first need the latest version of the Android app, which, at the time of writing is 2.11.561. Then you’ll have to ask a user who has the feature to call you. Once you’ve received the call, answer it for at least 2 seconds and you should be activated. Close the app and reopen it. You should now see a new screen with three columns, including one for calls. WhatsApp-calling-screens1 You can then call any of your WhatsApp contacts over VoIP through the app. You may not be able to reach people running older versions of the app. It’s certainly not the most efficient way of rolling out a feature, but that may be the point. There’s no word yet on whether the company will charge for calls in the future. Note that from that point you have a limit on the number of people you will be able to activate. If you want CampusMoments to call you,inbox us via twitter, facebook or email.We will need your student ID, and email address to verify that you’re NUST student. ARE MOBILE PHONE NETWORKS THREATENED BY WhatsApp CALLING? ECONET SAYS IT IS NOT! TechZim got in touch with Econet to establish their position on the new WhatsApp calls and the company’s response is that they’re not worried at all. That VoIP apps would come and move the cheese is something they saw long back he says and that they are already well on their way to a reengineered core not reliant on voice revenue. “Econet does not see such new technology as a threat” Econet Zimbabwe Corporate Communications Manager, Rangarirai Mberi told us today in an email. He explained: “We in fact see it as an opportunity to offer new possibilities for our customers. As we have said before, there was already a trend away from traditional income streams such as voice, which Econet had long anticipated. We then took a strategic decision to invest in new income streams, such as data services and many other overlay services. This strategy is already bearing fruit.” In the past couple of years Econet Zimbabwe has successfully introduced services like EcoCash (and a slew products atop it) Broadband bundles, Education products and Insurance amoung other products. How much fruit this has bore to date is ofcourse difficult to measure right now, and will only be clear when the company announces its annual results due weeks from now. However, Britain’s mobile operators are preparing a lobbying attack on internet companies such as WhatsApp, owned by Facebook as part of a major review of communications regulations, amid growing international tensions between telecoms companies and high tech start-up businesses . The mobile operators argue that “over-the-top” internet-based calling and messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Viber and Skype should be subject to the same regulations as their own more traditional telecoms services.Furthermore, they allege that they face unfair competition from internet-based communications services that do not face expensive regulatory hurdles yet rely on their network infrastructure to operate.||| Illustrations from http://thenextweb.com/

WHY A LOT OF ZIMBABWEANS ARE NO LONGER ON THE LOCAL FILM BAND WAGON

LOBOLA

 I have come to the realisation that my apparent lack of interest in the Zimbabwean film industry is not entirely my fault.

Neriya, Yellow Card, Qiniso, Flame,  the Gentleman, and Lobola. Right off the bat, the fact that I can count the local film productions I know is not a good sign. Of these six, I’ve only ever watched three, which disqualifies me as a paragon of patriotism. What’s worse is that I can recite an infinite number of international film titles from ten years ago and even from before I was born.That said, I have come to the realisation that my apparent lack of interest in the Zimbabwean film industry is not entirely my fault.

The number one reason I, along with many other Zimbabweans, are no longer on the local film productions band wagon is the acting. There is no sugar-coating it, the acting is subpar to say the least. Acting is art of make-believe, an art that many local actors and actresses have not mastered unfortunately. As a lecturer of mine would say, “they pretend to act” and it’s painful to watch.TheQINISO_POSTER-Recovered-Small fact that many Zimbabweans have access to international content (through whichever means) as a basis for comparisons only makes the terrible acting more apparent.

My second reason, which might be a tad controversial, is how conservative the scripts are. I fully respect Zimbabwean traditional and (some of) the values associated with it, but I also believe it is limiting the range of films that can be made in Zimbabwe. This is because many basic behavioural patterns which are the mainstay of Western films are a “no-no” in local productions. Case in point, kissing. This conservatism feeds into the types of stories explored in Zimbabwean films as well. Another reason that justifies my nonchalance when it comes to these local productions is that there is blatant ignorance of the fundamentals of film production. Maybe I am slightly biased on this issue (as a media studies student), plus I’m a purist.It takes more than just a healthy budget and camera to make an engaging theatrical piece.

Finally, the plots are predictable, clumsily written and uninspired scripts. It’s either a story about HIV, an employee-employer relationship gone array, or both (most probably both). Granted, they may have contextual relevance but we have been exposed to too many similar stories, that it has become monotonous. I have not lost faith in the prospect of Zollywood yet, and I do not think my faith will wane any time soon. To be fair Lobola and the Gentleman are solid efforts and part of the reason why my fingers remain crossed.  However, there is a great deal to improve on before that can be achieved.|||

BY FARAI KWESHA

MEET THE AWARD WINNING ACTRESS FROM NUST!!!

Q & A with Bathabile Dlamini, on the heels of her recent NAMA win.

Bathabile Dlamini is poised to be Zim’s next “It-girl”

After her big win for Outstanding Actress at the NAMAs for her performance in  uMbiko ka Madlenya, Bathabile “Miss-Bee, Honey-Bee” Dlamini took time out of her schedule for this exclusive interview, complete with exclusive never-seen-before high resolution pictures of her at the Award ceremony.
Q: So first of all congratulations on your win! How does it feel to be a NAMA winner?
A: Exciting, encouraging, motivating. It always feels great to be recognised for hard work.
Q: What impact has such an achievement had on you personally?
A: Well it has made me realise that there are people out there who appreciate what i do, and national adjudicators at that. It’s given me the drive to work harder.
Q: You won the award for your performance as Zinkabi in uMbiko ka Madlenya. How did you get the role?
A: I auditioned for it. My director advised me to audition when he found out about the production.
Q: And when you signed up for the role, did you imagine even for a second that you would nominated for a NAMA, let alone win one?
A: Not at all. It’s actually a funny story because my producer doubted my abilities before I auditioned.
Q: Well you showed him whose boss. What drew you to Zinkabi’s character?
A: I liked how passionate and ambitious Zinkabi was. I consider myself like that. She had drive and determinism. she was breaking the norm that only men could lead. In a way she was also fighting for gender equity, and that was inspiring.
Q: How did you get your start in Theatre?
A: High school. I was auditioning as a dancer, then my director must have seen something, that’s when I started in plays. I scooped best supporting actress for my first play, and then scooped best actress in every competition that followed.
Q: You clearly have a lot of fans after your win? Any advice for them?
A: They should work hard, chase their dreams and never doubt themselves. Their background, whatever it is, should not be a setback. What you’re facing, God is watching, and he knows you have the strength to overcome it.
Bathabile accepting her award.
Q: Is theatre something you see yourself doing forever?
A: It is, but it won’t be my first priority. School comes first, and then there’s my ultimate career goal of being on TV.
Q: Do you have any productions lined up?
A: I do, I have several of them lined up. But I don’t want to preempt anything.
Q: Any words you live by?
A: I am ordained for greater exploits. That’s my motto.
Q: Who is your greatest inspiration?
A: Gosh, there are so many because I’m interested in a lot of things. But in the entertainment industry, it’s definitely Beyonce. In life, my mother.
Q: Lastly, where do you see yourself in say, 5 years?
A: Successful. As someone established and doing well in the media and performing arts industries. An outstanding TV personality.
 

By Farai Kwesha |||

NUST STUDENTS CALL FOR SRC PRESIDENTS’ RESIGNATION

by Musavengana Hove and Tariro Moyo

Students at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have called for the immediate resignation
of SRC president Shadowlit Ndou following serious allegations that he squandered more than US$3 000
which was meant to cater for accommodation of about 70 students who attended President Mugabe’s
lavish birthday bash in Victoria falls over the weekend.
Precious Dzigwe, secretary for education in the SRC, said that Mr. Ndou has to step down as the SRC
president as he is bringing the name of the institution into disrepute.
“We cannot create a hive of thieves at a respected institution like this. He must step down with
immediate effect and as a result we are mobilizing students to pass a vote of no confidence on him,”
said Dzigwe.
Another student at NUST, Talent Magara, urged students to boycott all activities at the institution which
are being bankrolled by the SRC saying participation in these activities will be tantamount to endorsing
Mr. Ndou’s thievery and tomfoolery.
“As students we are saying Shadow has stretched our patience to the limit. We have insinuated our
hearts; we are even ready to confront him heads on. Students should boycott every forthcoming activity
which is spearheaded by him and his bunch of bootlickers. Miss NUST pageant and the inter-faculty
games scheduled for next week must be boycotted. We cannot continue giving him room for theft
through these functions,” said Magara who is also ZINASU treasury general at NUST.
Another SRC member who requested anonymity alleged that Mr. Ndou proposed for $6 420 from the
institution, but the institution through the Vice chancellors’ vote gave him $5 784 but he only used a
paltry $2 000 out of the whole sum of money.
The SRC member further alleged that Mr.
Ndou confined in him that he abused the
funds together with other SRC members who attended the jamboree but he took the lion’s share as the
SRC boss enraging his lieutenants who are now leaking the information to the students.
We are reliably informed that the institution transferred the sum of money into Ndou’s bank account
instead of the treasurer’s account as per procedure.
Contacted for comment Mr. Ndou confirmed that the money was deposited into his personal account.
“As the custodian of the SRC there is nothing wrong with the money being transferred into my personal
account, since the treasurer wasn’t going to the celebrations. I channeled the money towards
accommodation not what my detractors are imagining,” he said.
However, a student who attended the President’s birthday bash but declined to be named for fear of
reprisal said all 70 students were stranded in Victoria Falls because Ndou just gave them $3 each from
the whole sum of money he was given by the institution.
“We slept in the bus on Friday and mosquito fisted on us,” narrated the student.
Commenting on this issue which is now “a–talk-of- the-campus”, another SRC member Paddington
Madyira said there is nothing new in Ndou’s monkeyshines since other members of the student body
from the VP, Treasurer, Secretary General and other councilors are also thieves who are also looting
funds meant for student welfare but only angry because Ndou ate the cake which there were also
enviously eying.
“During the club expo exhibition which was held recently here at campus, a sum of $600 which was
meant to award competing students was kept and the VP Nelson Gwarare demanded $300 from that
amount, a thing that didn’t please other members who wanted it to be evenly shared. Therefore for
them to say Shadow must go because he is the only thief that’s utter lies. They just want to create a
greater opportunity for them to access the coffers which Ndou is guarding jealously,” fumed Madyira.
This is not the first time that SRC leaders at NUST have diverted funds to their personal use. In 2012,
former SRC leader Lovejoy Nikisingorima left students stranded at Chinhoyi University when they went for
ZUSA games.