Mbare man wins two national competitions in 6 months

HARARE - If he is not evading the police in his role as a tout and rank marshal at Mbare Musika, he is carrying travellers’ luggage in search of a dollar or two.

That was the life Wilson Muchina had to come to know before a dramatic sequence of events turned around his fortunes for the good.

It all started with Muchina winning $2 500 from the Coca Cola mid-term promotion draw and grand draw early this year.

Not even the most optimistic punters could have betted that Muchina would hit the jackpot yet again a few months later.

On May 4, the unusually lucky Muchina won a maroon Land Cruiser Defender worth $65 000 in the Castle Tankard consumer Grand Draw.

The former Mbare Musika tout was among only three recipients of the posh utility vehicle.

In a few months Muchina’s lucky streak landed rich pickings to the tune of $67 500. Fortune has truly smiled on a man whose only ambition six months ago was to put food on the table for his small family who lodge in Mbare.

The 32-year-old Muchina’s luck in the Castle Tankard promotion was not necessarily because he is a beer drinker; in fact he says he is a teetotaller.

“A person loses nothing by entering competitions. Whenever I see such competitions I enter because I know it’s anyone’s game,” a jubilant Muchina told the Daily News on Sunday at the Castle Tankard prize-giving ceremony at Island Bar at Highfield’s Gazaland.

“After I won the Coca Cola competitions I saw the Castle Tankard promotion as another opportunity to win. I don’t drink alcohol but I like buying for others.

“I only ask for their lids in return. They think I’m crazy but I know my intentions,” he added.

Phanuel Gwamure, brother to Muchina’s late mother believes his nephew’s luck was just the world paying him back for his good deeds.

“I have not been surprised that he has been winning all these things; it’s the work of God,” Gwamure said.
“Being the first born of a family of eight and the only boy among seven sisters, Wilson has always been a hard worker.

“Before his mother passed away in 2011 due to breast cancer he never failed in his duty as a son to look after her.

“He would even wash her wounds. Such was his love for her. He was also taking care of his siblings. So all this is not a surprise, varipasi vanonzwa,” he added.

Chitungizwa’s Tapfuma Makuni who won the other maroon Land Cruiser defender was also in attendance and could hardly stand upright after he had one too many Castle beers.

Makuni who is unemployed, conceded his claim to winning the consumer draw was all because he drinks “like a fish.”

“My Castle is my first wife; I drink it every time I get a chance, so it was only natural that I win this car,” he said.

Victoria Falls-based Vincent Mpofu walked with a Land Cruiser Freelander valued at $72 000. - Farayi Machamire

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