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Rev Mufaro Stig Hove: Profile:
I was born on the 18th of October, 1956 at Bethania Hospital in Dundee, Natal, RSA. I went to the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1958 and grew up and did my schooling up to the Cambridge School Certificate there.
During my Secondary Education I got heavily involved in Nationalist Politics and was part of the then African Nationalist Council which was being led by the Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the late Rev Canaan Banana, my late father Rev Finiel Hove among others.
At Chegato Secondary in 1972, I was in Form Three and was in the forefront of campaigning for a “NO” vote in the Pearce Commission of that year. I completed my Secondary Education with flying colours but could not go on to Higher Education due to the “bottle-necks” that were deliberately put in the way against blacks by the racist Regime of Ian Smith.
In 1974 I looked for a job and got it at the then Electricity Supply Authority and worked until Easter of 1975 when I was detained after organizing the recruitment of ZANLA guerillas. I was in detention for 3 weeks and was discharged after they said at 19 I was too young to be charged with an offense with attracted the death sentence.
In May of 1975, I got employed at Mupamombe School, Rimuka Township, Kadoma (Gatooma then).
In November of the same year I got detained and spent five weeks solitary confinement at the Chakari Police Station while investigations were being made of my alleged involvement in the sending of 9 youths to Mozambique for military guerilla training. I was let off by a whisker after there was no evidence that I had encouraged the said 9 youths etc etc.
The truth is that I had encouraged and assisted them.
Just before Christmas of 1975, I was released and I decided to get a Professional Qualification. I got a place at the United College of Education in 1976. I left the Institution in before graduating in June 1977 because I had got saved and I felt the urge to preach the Word of God.
I left for the Republic of South Africa beginning of 1978 to join a Gospel Team sponsored by the Assemblies of God (Back to God.) We travelled in many parts of Natal and the Transkei preaching and seeing various miracles as God honoured His Word.
In 1979 I enrolled at the Union Bible Institute near Pietermaritzburg and this is the only full Diploma that I have to my credit.
In 1981 in December, I got married to Faith Thandiwe Mahlaba and we travelled to Zimbabwe to start our new family.
As soon as I arrived in Zimbabwe I got heavily involved again now in ZANU-PF Politics and rose through the ranks from the Cell, to the Branch and to the District in Kadoma.
I have written a lengthy submission entitled “The Thoughts and Memories of a former ZANU-PF Cadre” http://zimfinalpush2.blogspot.com/2007/06/thoughts-and-memories-of-former-zanu-pf.html where I recalled the dark day of June 16, 1984 where we were made to go around the high-density areas of Kadoma beating up and literally killing PF-ZAPU and UANC members.
I felt very bad from that time to up 1985 when I decided to leave politics and concentrate on just preaching the Word of God. I also left Kadoma and went to Chinhoyi where I was an Assistant Pastor with the Chinhoyi Christian Centre until the middle of 1988. I left fulltime Ministry when that Church (for reasons I believe were purely racist) decided to drop the black Assistant Pastor and remain with only a white farmer who took over the Pastorship after the Pastor whom I was working with left for RSA.
I got a job with the newly opened OK BAZAARS and was engaged as an Office Cashier. From November 1988 to June 1989 I was doing the books, banking etc for OK.
I then got a better paying job with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority as a Cashier/Clerk on the 10th of July, 1989. I rose through the ranks to be a Senior Accounts Clerk, Senior Credit Control Clerk and finally Assistant Accounting Officer (Revenue.)
In 1990 something happened which made me hate ZANU-PF and especially Mr Robert Mugabe. The details are in the same submission referred to above and I only pretended to be a ZANU-PF member while supporting any Opposition Party that was formed.
I was then privately supporting the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM) of Cde Edgar Tekere.)
When the MDC was formed in 1999 I gave it my weight but continued to pretend to be a ZANU-PF member.
This made me to be a completely confused and divided person.
(That same year Faith Thandiwe left me and in 2000 I met a sweet Loveness Chimutu. My journey with her was "bumpy" but I owe a lot of what I am to her.)
In 2003 I was part of a voluntary programme which was being aired on Saturday where I supported the “Land Redistribution Exercise.” My name there was “The Radical Soldier.”
I was expelled from those programmes by Prof Jonathan Moyo for encouraging live calls from listeners on the very sensitive subject of Corruption. I was so angry and started writing letters to the “Daily News” and other Independent Press.
In October of the same 2003, I was illegally removed from my job after the then Chief Executive, Dr Sidney Gata (who is the President’s brother-in-law) ordered the Regional Management in Chinhoyi to fire me.
I had written a letter which was published in “The Financial Gazette” in June, 2003 entitled “Appeal to Mangwengwende.” I was jobless for a few months but was lucky (or rather, blessed) in that I won the Interim Judgement in the Labour Court where ZESA was ordered to pay me half-pay until the case was heard.
The case was finally heard in early 2006 and I won the case and ZESA was ordered to pay me all my unpaid salary and benefits. ZESA was given an option to either re-employ me or give a exit package and let me go. They chose the latter. While I was contesting the value of the package, I was advised by others not to waste further time but to leave for South Africa to see if I could start a new life there.
For details of this unresolved ZESA legal battle, please refer http://bobchargesheet.blogspot.com/2009/04/rev-hoves-court-judgement-against-zesa_09.html and http://radicalzim.blogspot.com/2007/05/bit-of-personal-information.html
I got a job as an Accounts Officer at the Africa Heritage Management Services and there I got inspired to write and blog. That’s where I started my various blogs the Index one being www.zimfinalpush.blogspot.com
I also met fervent youths The Revolutionary Youth Movement of Zimbabwe whom I became Patron of. While still at AHMS, I went to do demos at various points eg The Zimbabwe Embassy in Pretoria, The Union Buildings, The Chinese Embassy etc. Refer their website www.zimrevyouths.blogspot.com
Simultaneously, I got involved in the Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum and was elected to the Board of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Chamber. Refer www.zddc.org.
I then left the AHMS when I was preparing to lead an Organisation which I will not name now which would have assisted the Democratic Movement to remove the illegitimate, evil Regime of Robert Mugabe.
For reasons which I will not give now, the Organisation remained in vision only and did not take off to achieve the objectives which it was intended to achieve.
Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.
Cell: 0791463039 RSA.