LIBERATION war music icon Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira is still awaiting the completion of the house that was presented to him by organisers of the Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) in November last year in recognition of his immense contribution to the Chimurenga struggle.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Chinx was accorded the Chairman’s Award which came along with the four-bedroomed house in the middle class suburb of Mabelreign, which was hoped to mark an end to his shuffling between Chitungwiza and Norton where his two wives are domiciled.
Zima spokesperson Farai Chapoterera told NewsDay this week that construction work was still in progress and the builders had now reached window level, although the house was said to be 90% complete by the end of last year.
“Work to complete Comrade Chinx’s house is underway although not moving as we expected. We have put trusses and are waiting for the delivery of the tiles at the moment,” Chapoterera said.
Although Chapoterera could not reveal their target dates for the completion of the house, she, however, expressed confidence that the Roger Confirm singer would be presented the finished house soon.
Zima chairperson Joseph Nyadzayo is believed to have bought the residential stand in 2014 and he indicated at the time that the house would be habitable before Christmas last year.
Investigations, however, showed that Nyadzayo had been fighting a lone battle after partners who had earlier promised to bankroll the project shifted goal posts.
When he received the honour, Chinx was quoted saying he was excited that after the many lonely years in the trenches, dating back to the 1970s, his efforts had finally been recognised.
“I did not know that my efforts were being noticed by many people. I have always thought that people do not really care about our contributions. This is my greatest honour as a musician and as a liberator,” he said.
The ex-combatant-cum-musician dedicated the award to President Robert Mugabe.
“I dedicate this award to the President who guided us from the war and is still with us today.
“To Zimbabweans, I would not be here if it were not for your support and to Zima, especially the chairman, I want to say thank you,” he said then.
The house has two master bedrooms meant to accommodate Chinx’s two wives, Patricia and Ntombizodwa.