Minister in reading blunder

MASVINGO - Davis Marapira, the deputy minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development responsible for Cropping, stunned guests at Flamboyant Hotel when he struggled to read a prepared English speech on Thursday.

Marapira, who is also the Masvingo North legislator, had a torrid time in front of delegates as he struggled to pronounce English  words  after he was invited to officiate at a dairy farmers’ meeting.

Clad in a grungy, cheap nylon suit,  a neck tie and farmer shoes,  Marapira could hardly pronounce big words and repeated them  over and over in a low voice.

This prompted guests to question his educational credentials.

The deputy minister struggled to pronounce “multi-currency regime.” He paused and spluttered it several times.

Marapira continued to astound delegates through out his address when  he repeatedly stuttered to pronounce the word “nutritious.”

Asked by the Daily News what the problem was, Marapira said he had not be given the chance to go through the speech before addressing delegates.

“The thing is that I was given the speech a few minutes from  addressing so  I did not have time to study it and get acquainted with it,” he told the Daily News. “If I had  time to go through it, it was going to be different.”

Comments (15)

heheyaah. This is our own Gvt ministers to take us to 2018. Phew! Gwendo ugwu gwunokona anhuwee. My FOOT.

Ini Zvangu - 9 November 2013

Ya-a Nikuv Minister of agriculture. semi-illeterate in the 21st century.Zanu mahwani.Eddison Zvobgo must be spinning in his grave.

squarebasher - 9 November 2013

Dambudziko redu kuda kutawura chirumbi. Bgereketai chikaranga, tinokuhwayi.

Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo - 9 November 2013

Just a few days ago the frail 89 yr semi blind dictator ,election thieft was hallucinating saying he never wanted to work with unschooled people now want is this noncese from his minister hey!!!!! this fool has destroyed our country.

Dibulaanyika - 9 November 2013

He reminds me an ex- boyfriend who lied to me some years ago saying that he was trainee doctor only to find out a few days later that he could not even pronounce the word biology. I was so angry with him for lying and I kicked him in his balls vrey hard that he vomitted. Yes , in Zimbabwe we have many men who cannot read or write English. There are a lot of zvifanha zvekumaruzevha who come to town to work and pretend they are educated.

Name - 9 November 2013

kkkkk, not surprised at ol, just looking at that boy tells you he z clueless

rue - 9 November 2013

We know this unschooled imposter and were very surprised that the President named him as one of his ministers. I guess His Excellency included Marapira to ensure Masvingo Province was adequately represented in his cabinet. We happen to know how barbaric he used to behave towards his former wife, herself a graduate. As I say we expected this from an unschooled and uncivilised man. Is Gushungo aware of this? Please spare us this embarrassment.

Mahwani - 9 November 2013

It is unfortunate that lack of formal education is often equated to lack of intellect. Intellect is, loosely speaking, about a person's mental capability rather than how much they have read or how many papers they have written. It often seems that many people who like to use the 'uneducated' word may be people who are educated ONLY in the in a strictly academic sense. There are loads of very intelligent people out there who have never been through the door of school!

Mahumbwe - 9 November 2013

Davies dont be let down just improve and move forward you are not the only one who blunders in front of a crowd ,Masvingo woyeeeeeee

pasi - 9 November 2013

Please Mahumbwe, rega kutamba nepfungwa dzedu, ungadlalisi ingqondo zethu. are you implying it is ok for a person of Davies position to stand in front of Zimbabwe's very literate people and read a speech in English when he knows he can't read in that language? Since you want us to believe that he has the intellect, would he not have known before hand that he could not read that speech? The fact that he proceeded to read it and embarrass us and himself means he does not have the intellect you want to bestow on him. There is nothing wrong in reading a speech in Chikaranga or any other indigenous language for that matter. But to go ahead and read or speak in English when you know you can't, shows serious deficiency of intellect. I can bet my bottom dollar if we took this debate to Gushungo himself he would support my argument. He would in fact be embarrassed and angry to the extent of sacking this guy forthwith.

Mahwani - 9 November 2013

shona yakangopusa kutaura wani..speak in shona period haisi mhosva kukonewa chirungu amana

dj tivho - 10 November 2013

Mboko dze Zanu-PF

Haruna - 11 November 2013

I was just asking myself what strategy can this man draft to curb the luming hunger later alone addressing the issue of their farmers who have been in farms 10 yrs and still new,the next thing we blame zambia for demanding cash on maize imports.These are the results of stolen elections,incompetence,poor results and people suffer,shit kind.come 2018.

terra cotta - 11 November 2013

Kikikikiki vakomana!!!!! Zvanzi kunezvivapfanha zvokumaruzevha zvinoenda kumadhorobha kundoshava zvinozviita zvakadzidza. Ini ndinofunga kuti zvinovimba nama anaconda azvo kana zvichipfimba vasikana.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 11 November 2013

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