To passers-by and those unknown to him, he is just a mechanic who works at one of Marondera’s garages, Zimbabwe located in the industrial site. But one cannot believe that he is the man behind such a name.
His first name is “S-x” and to make matters worse, his last name is “Machine”.
According to Machine, he was christened such by his father Paul Machine Mvere.
“That is my name. I cannot deny it. I went to Tapfuma Primary School and Rukweza High and that is the name I used,” he said.
“I know the troubles and implications that come along with it.
“Sometimes I call myself Mike, a name that also belongs to my uncle.
“My father is the best person to explain why he gave me such a name.”
In disbelief, this reporter used the Ecocash platform to further confirm his claims.
Alas the name S-x Machine appeared, but it was truncated. On the Ecocash platform, the man’s name appears as S*x Machine.
“I had to devise means to alter my name so that my clients find it easy and respectable,” he said.
“It was a difficult moment for me to convince the lady who registered me on Ecocash to understand where I was coming from,” he said.
“She couldn’t believe it when she read the name on my ID. I am happy that she assisted me. I had to remove the ‘e’ from my first name to lessen the burden on clients.”
At his workplace, the 31-year-old is either called Machine or Mike, while those who are mischievous just shout out, S-x.
Is his name, therefore, prophetic to his conduct and behaviour?
“Not now, I am now a mature person. I am no longer a s-x machine. But during my early youth days, everything was possible,” he said.
Machine is a married man and a father of one.
He also hinted that his father calls him both as Mike and S-x, depending on location and surroundings.