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zoom ne Pajero!
May 18, 2005
View details for the interview with Newton Jacha
might not have any fuel at any petrol stations but there is one
vehicle that continues to zoom zoom amid cheers and chants from
Newton Jacha usually drives around in
the Avondale area of Harare. His vehicle is equipped with a loud
sound system, wing mirrors and many other gadgets that you would
usually find in a car of the 21st century. It also has
a very loud horn but lacks the latest anti-hijack system because
. . . it's a bicycle!
Newton began modifying his bicycle in
1994 and he has not looked back since. He says that he has always
loved music and he wanted to take his music everywhere he went.
So that is why he decided to build a radio into his bicycle.
Newton's radio is loud enough to attract
radio license inspectors from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
(ZBC). So in order to avoid any trouble he decided to get a car
radio license! "I haven’t been bothered by ZBC yet but just in case
I bought the radio license," he said.
The bike is equipped with a steering
wheel, hooters, mirrors and he is presently working on installing
an alarm. The onboard radio is battery operated and a dynamo charges
while the bicycle is moving. From a young age Newton played around
with mechanics and electricity.
Some simple mechanics together with the
help of Newton's inherent technical skills have helped him create
his unique bicycles. If there are any people out there who are interested
in one of Newton’s Pajeros he’s happy to create one for them.
Fascinated by his dream car, the Pajero
(Mitsubishi), Newton says that he decided to make his dream come
true in the form of a bicycle because he realized that he could
never afford to buy a car. The Pajero is driven by the nouveau riche
and is one of the most talked about vehicles in Zimbabwe.
who is a soft spoken and humble man, has placed a sign on the back
of his bicycle that says: "Jacha Motors, No fear". He says this
means that he is not intimidated while on the road. Most drivers
in Zimbabwe have no respect for cyclists and Newton hoots at them
if they infringe on his right of way.
People cheer and clap hands when he travels
around Harare and they tell him that his bicycle is great and he
should continue to inspire them. Newton has become a colorful neighborhood
fixture! He says people often ask him to stop and he jokes that
even those who might have been arguing put aside their differences
for a while.
Newton grew up in Chivi in Masvingo and
is currently employed as a gardener. His employer is very supportive
of his bicycle inventions and they regularly share ideas. His favorite
music is museve/sungura (up tempo fusion of guitars and drums from
Zimbabwe) and he loves Alick Macheso but his most popular artist
is the late Leonard Dembo.
So, for all of you who have dreamt of
owning a Pajero you don’t have to look any further - step into Jacha
with Newton Jacha
Language: Shona & English
Date: May 18, 2005
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