A helping hand for Charles Mungoshi

CELEBRATED author, Charles Mungoshi, who is on the mend following a successful repeat medical operation a few months ago, on Thursday received a shot in the arm from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), which bought 100 copies of his latest novel, Branching Streams Flow in the Dark, for $1 000.


Charles and Jesesi Mungoshi
Charles and Jesesi Mungoshi

Mungoshi’s wife, actor Jesesi of Neria fame, said NSSA’s gesture was timely, as the money would go a long way in financing the author’s physiotherapy sessions.

“What you have done is big, as the physiotherapy sessions are so expensive that sometimes we fail to pay and those who are helping us have understood us that they even are doing it on credit,” she said.

“I thank you for what you have done and may God bless you for purchasing the books.

“You have played a big part, as the money has helped us to carry on with his physiotherapy sessions since he was discharged from the hospital, doctors emphasised on vigorous physiotherapy sessions for the next six months every day,” she said.

Jesesi also expressed her gratitude to people, who had chipped in to assist the family in its time of need.

She said she was optimistic that her husband, whom she said raised the Zimbabwean flag high with his writing, will be well soon to finish his pending

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Harare on Thursday, NSSA general manager, Liz Chitiga commended Jesesi for the work she was doing.

“We were heartened by the appeals you made when Mungoshi was sick,” she said.

“Mungoshi is a legend of this country because his way of writing is not only for Zimbabwean standards, but it is world class standards.

“His books are not read in Zimbabwe only, but they are read by many people in other countries and not just in Africa.

“It might be a small token, but we want to assure you that although you might not see us, we are always with you as we have built a relationship that I hope will last for long.”

Chitiga described Mungoshi as a legendary writer, who has put the country on the global map.

“Through Mungoshi, our country is recognised, as a nation that promotes the writing of books and reading, which is something that we want to encourage our children to learn instead of spending most of their time on WhatsApp,” she said.

Branching Streams Flow in the Dark was published in 2013, bringing to 16 the number of books Mungoshi has published.

These include novels, plays, short stories and poetry anthologies in Shona and English.

Chitiga said some of the novels are going to be distributed to different charity organisations, as a way to encourage a reading culture in both children and the adults in those institutions.

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  1. Rejoice Ngwenya

    Thanks Liz. You’re one great woman to support such a legend.

    1. Tonderai Michael Nzanga

      May God bless those who are helping this literary legend whose role in shaping global morality (and championing human knowledge) through his literary works of art is divine. Indeed, he has used language well, echoing the great deeds of his Creator who created him and us all in His image using the power of language. When I went to school, I gained a lot from reading his “Waiting For The Rain”, “Coming of The Dry Season” and other works of art. I think that schools, the Ministry of Education, ZIMSEC and publishers should do something for Mungoshi – raising funds for him, for example. They all benefited a lot, and continue to do so, from his literature. Let us learn to pay tribute to our luminaries when they are still alive; let us give them the comfort that they deserve.

  2. How sad when our national icons have to depend on donations to make ends meet. I am reminded of many great successful individuals, professors, artists, sportsperson, businessman, intellectuals, musicians etc who are now wailing in poverty and some now scattered all over the world, courtesy of this being who has always told us he is empowering us. I am still to see one black person who has been empowered by Mugabe except those in Zano. Zimbabwe can you not see?

    1. God is great but remember leaders do not empower people but God.do not rely too much on what people say you loose focus.do not blame without understanding you fail yourself.Mugabe has empowered you buy promoting education.leaders are human beings too do not judge them roughly.

    2. Haa Tsuro, you may hate ZANU-PF but lying can never change facts on the ground. Ask all the opposition leaders and supporters if they did not benefit from land reform, education and health. Let’s be honest. It’s virtue.

  3. Hupenyu hwakawoma. Satan anounza zvirwere kuti kamari kese kange kakachengetedzwa kanoparadzwa neurwere kuburikidza nekurapisa murwere. Satan anoda kuti vanhu varambe vari varombo thru bringing in countless obstacles that squeezes the little savings. HUPENYU HWAKAOMA.

  4. I also had that Admire Taderera stroked. How true is that?

    1. Sorry, its HEARD. It was a ‘lapsus pennae.’

  5. true or not dont yu know its sad plix

  6. its sad buddy

  7. um its good for sure

  8. lovemore manyengawana

    Saddening issues about our icons

  9. That’s life guys, one might not necessarily expect to have their cake and eat it. It goes to show that life is the same for everybody, rich or poor, just that it’s a matter of time before good times change into bad times, and bad times change into good, no matter what one’s education or background may be. Life does not discriminate

  10. Eish so sorry.god heals doctors treat

  11. Get well soon. ZANupf eroded peoples savings for retirement. Mungoshi shuld never have had to be a begger in a different country. Kubira vanhu their life

  12. A Fund must be created to cater for these legends,surely literature has sharpened us & put us on the world map as country to have produced most creative writers.

  13. Walking Still
    You’re loved Charlie.

  14. If all of us could sacrifice and buy just one book, imagine how much the family can raise for his medication and survival. On top of that, ourselves and our kids can also learn from his writings. I still have one of his book ‘Waiting for the rain’ that I have read many times before I had children and now my children have also read it.

    For this one, I will buy.

  15. You ngwanga yu are a dimwit or you are paid to hogwash.how can you say we were empowered when citizens of this country including those you claim to have empowered us (politicians) will grab any chance to leave this country.hw can you say we are empowered when 100% of our youths are educated loafers.when first street in the capital Harare smells like a toilet.when every space in the capital’s cbd is occupied by a vendor.when pple sleep in bank queques for a 50bond.the list is endless.No we are ruled by a mafia and now the cartel can no longer hold itself because all what needs to be looted have been looted.The cake is now too small not for the pple but for the cartel.Zimbabwe does not resemble a normal country.something is seriously wrong and it must be corrected and you hear someone talking about empowerment.that’s a sick joke

  16. Tsuro I share the same sentiments with you. Look all the icons end up in begging (Mungoshi, Chings, Tongai Moyo, Mashakada and the list goes on) Now its Didmus. Again medicals services are beyond rich in this country. MWARI CHIPINDIRAI HUYE HAPANA MUMWE ANGATIBATSIRA KUNZE KWENYU.

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