|Mbuya Chisare is making good use of her piece of land|
….but she still lacks proper housing
CHIREDZI – Patricia Mahinzu (78), whose picture circulated on
social media while using her bare hands to build her own hut in September 2020
is still to get proper shelter, but her grandchildren are now enrolled at
Ratidzo Primary School courtesy of the generosity of well-wishers, TellZim can
The grandmother is currently
receiving some food parcels from former Zaka West Member of Parliament (MP)
In September 2020, a picture of an old woman
hard at work using her bare hands to build a hut circulated on social media and
many people dismissed the picture as fake news.
Mahinzu, who is more commonly
known as Mbuya Chisare, stays in a resettlement area commonly known as ‘Kuma
3-Hectare’ some few kilometres behind Cottco Depot in Chiredzi.
She still stays in the hut which
she built for herself using farm bricks and thatches.
The torrential rains being received
in many parts of the country including the Lowveld have made her more apprehensive
as she fears that her homestead could be swept away.
In an interview, Dumbu said he was
pleased to be able to regularly help the old woman with such basics as food
parcels and clothings.
“Currently, the focus is on
her basic needs like food and clothing but I am also glad that we have managed
to build for her a fowl run where she will raise some chickens. Someone has
offered 40 Sasso chicks which will be delivered any day from now,” said Dumbu.
He said he was mobilising other well-wishers
to contribute to the construction of a proper house, with work expected to
begin sooner than later.
“Fees for all her three
grandchildren have been paid for and back school provisions were provided.
Mbuya havachazivi chinonzi maricho, courtesy of kind hearts from well-wishers,”
Last year, mbuya Chisare provided
her national ID which shows that she was born in Baye village near Jerera in
Zaka district on the September 12, 1942.
She said she was married to
Jalisi Maiza of Chijubana village in the Chitepo area of Chipinge South but he
died in July 2005.
They had two daughters and a son
but one of her daughters is now late.
Her second daughter, who has two
children of her own, is now a widow and is critically ill at her marital home
in Chipinge district.
Mbuya Chisare’s only son
illegally migrated to South Africa ‘many years ago’ leaving behind a wife and
three children and she has since completely lost touch with him.
She now looks after three
grandchildren including a 16-year-old girl who dropped out of school while
doing Grade 3.
After the death of her husband,
Mbuya Chisare went to live with her daughter and her son-in-law in Chipinge but
when the son-in-law died, she moved out as there was no more food at home.
She said she worked in the
resettlement areas for several years without a salary, but just for food so
that she would not starve.
Three years ago, she got a piece
of land in the Kuma 3-Hectare area, Buffalo Range where she built a pole and
Gogo Chisare’s daughter-in-law,
who was abandoned by her husband when he illegally migrated to South Africa,
then heard that she had found her own place.
She sought and found her; stayed
for a short period of time before disappearing, leaving all her children in the
care of Mbuya Chisare.
Mbuya Chisare managed to finishe
building her hut before the onset of the rains.