Journalist Muleya Named Top Influencer

BY REX MPHISA

ZIMBABWE Newspapers journalist and Beitbridge Bureau Chief Thupeyo Muleya has scooped yet another award named among top influencers in the Beitbridge community. 

Muleya received his latest accolade just as he stepped off a coach from grabbing a national award at last Wednesday’s colourful National Journalists and Media Awards  (NJAMA) in the capitol.

The latest local award is a recognition for being a positive influencer in the Beitbridge community sponsored by Sundrive Coalition, a group of youth entreprenuers.

They targeted people in various sectors including media, medicine, Small and Medium Enterprises, Religion, Youth Empowerement and Youth Leadership.

Muleya was among the top 20 winners of the award which included Prophet Nyathi, Sean Naboth, Nyarai Chiworeso, Tapiwa Priscilla Moyo, Lawyer Patrick Tererai, Karen Mangazha, Edmore Ngwenya, Clayton Mupambiki, Brain Munyaradzi Zibwowa.

Joining the winning pack was another journalist Lloyd “The Edutainer” Mungoni, Gift NdombonyaVeronica Moyo, Tariro Patrick NdhlelaNicholas Ndou, Obert Muponde, Ntandoyenkosi Ndhlovu, Ndamulelo Sibanda, Welter Nyaradzo and Beitbridge inaugural Mayor Morgan Ncube.

The Beitbridge Business Summit and Awards hosted the function during which participants were lectured on business ethics and tips.

The summit called a business and entrepreneurship coaching platform also had a category called Iconic Personnel Award given to several local figures.

Pastor S. Muleya, Roy Muleya, Bishop B. Ncube, Oakley College’s Mrs MusakwaBusinessman Felix Venge, Mr N. Ncube Pharmacist Gamuchirai Matandirotya, Beitbridge District Medical Officer Linos Samhere, Businesswoman Dr. Anna Muleya and businessman Maxwell Ngwenya were recognised as the Iconic Personnel Award. 

Some businesses that have stood the test of the current economic tests were also awarded with the Business Resilience Award and these included Baobab Spar, Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance, Oakleigh House College, Transdirect Clearing Company, August Grills, Agents House, African Pot, Sans Hardware, Builders Centre Hardware and Econet Wireless.

Several Beitbridge residents have hailed the initiative by organisers of the event which has grown over they years.

Other Beitbridge residents however questioned the criterion and depth of the body after pioneer businesses like Beitbridge Inn, Peter’s Motel, The Craft Centre and many others were not considered.

“That brings a question as to where one places businessmen like Charles Terry Mulowa who has been among the top influencers, Maphosa Sands and Brick-making and the likes of Rob Elliot’s Carinus Supermarket, to name a few,” a local business commentator noted.

“Mulowa has been a business path finder and pace setter while failing to notice his son Darlington Mulowa of Terry’s Town Butchery is mischievous,” he noted.

He advised organisers to be broader and also rope in local banks into the event which is one of the most significant local initiatives.

This year’s edition of the Beitbridge Business Summit and Awards was held at the Kingdom Light Global Church.

The latest summit was for the third year running and it sought to promote entrepreneurship among the youth and indigenous businessmen from the border town.

Event organiser Innocent Chenjerai said they are building on the success of the last two events held in 2019 and 2020.

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