FORMER Studio263 actress Tinopona Katsande will smile all the way to BancABC with truckloads of eggs as the bank today announced that it is offering her a distribution point for her eggs at its Samora Machel branch in Harare CBD.
Managing Director and Chief Executive of BancABC, Dr Lance Mambondiani, made the announcement Thursday while also placing his order for the eggs from Tino who only 24 hours ago was ridiculed on social media for being an eggs vendor.
Dr Mambondiani said the bank’s Samora Machel branch in Harare will act as Tino’s distribution point for the next two weeks while stitching up a more sustainable growth plan for her business.
“Egg-citing to support young hustlers up against all odds. @TinTin263 our Ignition Hub canteen at @BancabcZW in Samora Micheal is available as distribution point for you for the next 2 weeks, whilst we discuss how you can expand. Oh, l also need a crate delivered #FambaTinoFamba,” said Dr Mambondiani.
Yesterday, prominent and ordinary Zimbabweans across the political divide literally trampled over each other to support Tino, with Presidential secretary George Charamba also placing orders. Opposition MDC-T president Douglas Mwonzora also placed orders, as did his daughter Bertha.
Also yesterday, Zanu-PF director of information and publicity, Tafadzwa Mugwadi and members of the party’s youth league supported Katsande’s hustle by taking delivery of their orders. Others made their donations in cash, with one diaspora-based Zimbabwean sending Tino US$120 for her business.
Former ZBC TV presenter Lianne Bernard also took 60 crates of the eggs to push sells on behalf of Tino, and had by Thursday morning sold nearly half of them, according to an announcement she made on Twitter. Ruvhenenko Parirenyatwa, another media personality, also took to twitter to offer her support.
Prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said while he was fully supportive of those taking orders for Tino’s eggs, the nation must remember that the Zanu-PF Government destroyed the careers of artistes like Tino by refusing to open up the media sector for private players. Chin’ono said he grew up in the same district with Tino and knew her since they were both kids.
However, it has not been all-support for Tino, as some have been sceptical. Below are some of the reactions to to the Tino saga.
Government-critic group Team Pachedu said: “As we buy Tino’s eggs, let’s not forget that Minister @KirstyCoventry is responsible for the Arts industry. Instead of reviving the Arts industry, she prioritises the revival of the violent Border Gezi youth militia. Kirsty has failed.”
Nqaba Matshaza says: “Tinopona’s case is fascinating. Buying her eggs is dealing with symptoms, the issue is how Zanu PF has throttled competition in the arts industry and how ZBC’s monopoly is bad for the arts. Buy eggs, tomorrow another artist will be selling tomatoes. Is that sustainable?”
On her part, Tino said she was at a loss of words with the amount of support shown to her by the nation at a time she was being ridiculed and bullied.
“Going through each tweet, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would be receiving such an embrace from my fellow Zimbabweans across all divides.
“I am witnessing unbiased solidarity to push up not pull down. What an honor .What a privilege – I bow,” she gushed out.