Govt donates groceries to Gringo


THE government, together with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz), on Wednesday donated groceries and home consumables valued at $7 000 to actor/comedian, Lazarus “Gringo” Boora at his rural homestead in Rukweza.
The actor is currently recovering after undergoing surgery in October last year.
Presenting the goods, Nacz deputy director Josia Kusena said the ministry and the council had seen it fit to provide the token to the veteran actor to ease the burden of taking care of his family during the time he was tending to his health.
“This token is coming from the government of Zimbabwe through the minister of Youth Sports, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry, the deputy minister Tino Machakaire, the permanent secretary Thokozile Chitepo, the Nacz director Nicholas Moyo and the Zimbabwean people at large, to say to you we love you, we are with you during this time and we wish you a speedy recovery and return to full health,” he said.
In response, the popular actor and comedian said it was heart-warming for the government to even think of him at this time when there were so many issues that could have been given priority.
He, however, said he is recovering quite well and had resumed light acting duties in social media skits while on his way to full recovery.
In December, the actor said he had time to do a few episodes for some social media shows and he hopes to be back soon to conclude some projects that he was working on.
“To me, this is more than just assistance; it is recognition of my talent by the people of Zimbabwe. Many artists are acknowledged when they die, but for me it is an honour to be recognised when I am still alive, through this present,” said Gringo.
Gringo, who is a father of seven, is employed full time by an agro-processing and distribution firm in Harare and drives to Rukweza, his rural home, regularly.
The homestead features a modern four-roomed house complete with an orchard of indigenous and exotic trees that he enjoys tending to.
The comedian rose to fame in the 1997 ZBCTV hit drama series Gringo and thereafter he subsequently featured in other spin-offs of the show like Gringo Ndiani and Gringo Mari Iripi before recently starring in the new ZTV series Village Secrets as Gibbo.

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