MP helps violence victims through sport

Member of Parliament for Harare West, Jessie Majome, has taken over sponsorship of a women’s soccer club, Chichera Fire Queens, based in her constituency.

Some of the Chichera Fire Queens players.
Some of the Chichera Fire Queens players.

Formed in 2010 and currently in the Harare Province Division Two, the team comprises residents who are victims of the 2008 political violence against the MDC-T. Majome says the sports initiative is designed to boost confidence among the victims. “This team is an example of how a hopeless situation can be turned into something positive,” she said. Prior to the formation of the coalition government in 2009, the area suffered from political violence and health disasters.

Majome’s efforts to help were often met with resistance from Zanu (PF) activists. “In 2008, a Zanu (PF) base was set up in this community and the people from the area were being terrorised and forced to attend rallies. This area also reported cases of cholera in 2008 and typhoid in 2013. In 2011 I used the Constituency Development Fund to install a borehole, water pump and a 5,000 litre tank to improve water supply.

“The tank was destroyed in suspected politically motivated vandalism on 11 April 2012. Marlborough police closed the docket on the case saying the cold water tank “exploded” despite being supplied with suspects’ names,” said Majome.

One of the team members, Sheila Gomo (24), said the sporting initiative was a welcome development. “We need more support to enable the team to grow. Incentives would boost morale and encourage participation by more women,” she said. Nomatter Muzambi (18), said: “We never knew we had such talent and I believe that if we get the necessary support, we can be able to do bigger things, just like other women who are making a living through sport.”

The team needs soccer boots, uniforms, socks, money for affiliation fees and coaching. – Anyone who can help can contact Majome via [email protected]

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