Sunday, 8 February 2015

Chinx still to move into new house

By Mtandazo Dube
Patricia and Ntombizodwa, Cde Chinx’s wives, may have celebrated prematurely when their shared husband received keys to a four-bedroomed house in Mabelreign from the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) in October last year.

It is exactly 96 days since Cde Chinx, real name Dickson Chingaira, and his family celebrated ecstatically after Zima awards founder Joseph Nyadzayo gave Cde Chinx the chairman’s award.

The award came with the gift of a house from Nyadzayo, which Chinx was promised would be ready for occupation in less than a month.
The promised house
Now three months after the nation joined in the celebrations – Chinx still shuttles between Chitungwiza and Norton to be with his wives who live in the two dormitory towns.

Could Cde Chinx have been hit with the same scam used on veteran gospel musician Mechanic Manyeruke?

Manyeruke was duped into believing that he was set to receive a brand new Jaguar XF in recognition of his works by a dubious, faceless local company – yet he never even got an ex-Jap (used Japanese car).

The Sunday Mail Leisure sought to find out from Nyadzayo if the house was another hoax.

Remember, all winners at the Zima awards left without even a statuette, to show friends and family that they won something.

“We cannot give Chinx an unfinished house; he is not a man of means and thus would not be able to complete it on his own.

“The truth is the resources are lacking – remember we only bought the stand and everything else was coming from our partners.

“Some of the people who had made promises delivered but others have not managed to, however, we are not giving up. That gift to Chinx means a lot to me and I will ensure that I finish that project,” said Nyadzayo.
Comrade Chinx and his two wives: Patricia, the first wife, lives in Chitungwiza while Ntombizodwa owns a flat in Norton.
He added: “I may be short on resources but I am very long on determination. We will get it done.”

For Chinx and family to move into the house – which is said to have two master bedrooms to accommodate both wives – a lot of work has to be done first.

The structure still needs a roof, plumbing and cabinet fittings before Chinx can start entertaining any thoughts of moving in.

“The problem is I have been away for too long, however, the roof is now ready to be installed. We initially wanted a chromadek roof but now we are changing to tiles because experts say tiles are cheaper to maintain.

“As for the plumbing and cabinet fittings that can’t be a problem. In just under a month we will be done and the whole nation will witness Chinx move into his new property,” said Nyadzayo.

The Zima chairman explained how a deal he entered into with Cutting Edge Productions (CEP) of South Africa, to help organise the awards, set them back tens of thousands of dollars.

“We lost $54 000 to those South Africans. They did not deliver on a single thing we agreed on yet they have the guts to write to us demanding more,” said Nyadzayo.

Zima is in trouble. CEP are demanding $70 000 on top of the $54 000 that was sunk into their company by Zima for services that were never rendered.

Among the things Zima is being asked to pay for are cancellation fees, productions costs, trophies and AV suppliers.

Meanwhile, Nyadzayo says CEP, which withheld the trophies even though they had been paid for, last week agreed to release the trophies after he indicated that he was commissioning another company to do the job.

“I have already instructed someone to go and pick them up,” said Nyadzayo on Wednesday last week, “we expect to have them in the country by Sunday (today).”

The Zima founder said he would ensure that the trophy handover ceremony coincides with official handover of the house to Chinx.

“It will be a ceremony of sorts, which is why we are now moving at a faster pace to ensure that the house is finished sooner as we want to hand over the trophies on the same day that Chinx moves into the house,” said Nyadzayo.

In a telephone interview with this publication, Cde Chinx said he trusts Nyadzayo and his team.

“Yes it has been three months – but Zimbabwe is not exactly an easy place to conduct business right now. Money is not easy to come by – so I believe they are doing all they can and when the house is ready they will let me know,” said Cde Chinx.

He said that his family’s excitement may have been dampened a little by the delays, but it does not change anything as he is certain they will still be happy once the house is complete.

“I have waited to be recognised since 1980 – surely I can wait a few more weeks or even months,” said Cde Chinx. The Sunday Mail
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