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REVEALED: The Ugly State of Schools In Zimbabwe
REVEALED: The Ugly State of Schools In Zimbabwe
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Plumtree Villagers Launch Self-funding Project
Plumtree Villagers Launch Self-funding Project

More than one hundred pupils take turns to use a makeshift classroom made of grass and mud. Images captured by a foreigner visiting the area brings the country’s ugly infrastructure to the world's attention.

(Matabeleland North) — GLARING images of a poor school shot by a visiting Zambian national in Binga district, Matabeleland North province recently, has brought home the ugly state of Zimbabwe’s poor education infrastructure, 37 years after independence.

The images revealing a makeshift school made of mud and grass — which more than one hundred pupils take turns to use during classes is located at Saba village in Binga and falls under the jurisdiction of Chief Saba. 

The poor school is manned by two teachers — the head and his deputy — who both serve as regular teachers.

The images which have gone viral on social media have prompted several locals to question the seriousness of the government in a country which boasts of quality education in Africa, yet some parts of the country have no proper school infrastructure — or even just a school. 

The grass and mud classroom which has set social media ablaze (Image/citizen reporter)


Binga is regarded as one of the most marginalized and poorest districts in Zimbabwe and the state of its schools could just be an epitome of underdevelopment in the district. 

Locals blame their underdevelopment on the State—whose responsibility it has abdicated for more than three decades.— Editing by Divine Dube.  


 Editor’s note: An enquiry sent to Matabeleland North Provincial Education office had not yet been responded to at the time of publication.

In Nkayi, Matabeleland North province, dozens of villagers are shunning the ongoing voter registration exercise because they fear that biometric voting machines will spy on their secret votes. 

(The CB News), NKAYI— In Nkayi, Matabeleland North province, dozens of villagers are shunning voter registration because they fear that biometric voting machines will spy on their secret votes. 

With little knowledge about the new voting system, most villagers — who have only been introduced to the electronic voting system recently — through the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) believe information which they provide to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commision(ZEC) during registration is not safe. 

To make matters worse, villagers are receiving information indicating that even their votes will be spied by the BVR machines. Electronic voter registration has recently been introduced in Zimbabwe to address duplicate voting which opposition parties claim is caused by the old paper voter's role which is littered with 'dead' voters. 

Zimbabwe has been using paper and ink since 1980, a voting system which most old voters are familiar with. 

"Villagers in Sebhumane and Somthanyelo, Nkayi North Constituency are already being told that BVR machines will detect how they voted and that this party has their photos, fingerprints as well as addresses," Desire Moyo, a local activist posted on his Facebook timeline yesterday confirming reports about BVR misinformation in rural communities. 

"Where are the voter educators? Am getting worried, kukithi la! (this is my home). Those with resources help us Siyanqoba Victory to reach these areas."
 
Victory Siyanqoba is one of the organisations that were recently accredited by ZEC to carry out voter registration awareness campaigns in various communities. 
 
According to public information published by the country's electoral body, ZEC, Matabeleland Provinces, including Bulawayo, have the least registered voters in the ongoing electronic voter registration statistics so far. 
 
Although the government has launched an initiative to motivate rural citizens to register by giving out free rice to provinces that register more people, observers believe that BVR apathy is caused by lack of information, especially in rural constituencies where access to public information is difficult.  
 
Our citizen reporters were not able to obtain information about the source of misinformation or the political party behind the alleged act.
 
Although a comment could not be obtained from ZEC at the time of publication, the electoral body has in the past distanced itself from skirmishes surrounding the ongoing voter registration process. 
 Editing by Divine Dube.

Editor's note: The Citizen Bulletin is currently running #WeReportBVR, a campaign aimed at 'harvesting' citizen generated stories on election experiences. You can be a Citizen Reporter today. CLICK HERE for more details on how to send your reports. 

Voters at some polling stations in Insiza constituency are reportedly being forced to submit their voter registration information such as serial numbers to unknown people masquerading as polling officers. 

MATABELELAND SOUTH, (Citizens Reports) - Voters at some polling stations in Insiza constituency are reportedly being forced to submit their voter registration information such as serial numbers to people masquading as polling officials. 

The information, citizen reporters allege, is also demanded by some rogue chiefs and headmen from their subjects immediately after registration. 

This report has been leaked by Biometric Voter Registration observers stationed at some polling stations (names withheld to protect observers) in the Constituency. 

The observers who confided to our citizen reporters could not disclose more information for fear of scuttling investigations on the matter which has since been reported to ZEC, the country’s elections governing body. 

However, outspoken ZEC Commissioner Qhubani Moyo said while the electoral body was yet to receive a report about the matter, it was not its policy to engage in activities unrelated to its mandate. 

Moyo said this while responding to a question by a user on Facebook


Editor's note: The Citizen Bulletin is currently running #WeReportBVR, a campaign aimed at 'harvesting' citizen generated stories on their election experiences including the ongoing BVR process. You can be a Citizen Reporter today. CLICK HERE for more details on how to send your reports. 

Tshitshi villagers have launched an ambitious self-funding project — the Endowment Building Programme — to raise local grants to support community development. 

PLUMTREE, (Citizen Reports) — Tshitshi villagers have launched an ambitious self-funding project — the Endowment Building Programme — to raise local grants for supporting community development. 

The project which was launched last week was organised by the Community Foundation for the Western Region of Zimbabwe (CFWRZ). CFWRZ is currently working with local communities to promote community self-funding through an initiative dubbed "Qogelela".

Qogelela is a Ndebele term which describes the process of mobilising resources in smaller amounts. The initiative has been adopted by economically disadvantaged communities across Matabeleland and Midlands provinces. 

“Being part of Qogelela helps even the orphans within the community,” Chief Tshitshi whose jurisdiction the area where the project was launched falls said. “If people assist each other, it helps the community as a whole.”

The Chief said it was imperative for villagers to embrace the project to advance local development.

Sibanda Phakamisa, a local Councillor representing the Assembly of Communities Advisory Committee (ACAC), a watchdog for community funds, said villagers had embraced the project in order “to end the culture of begging.”

“The Qogelela project is building a sustainable fund that works as a springboard for development projects in the communities,” he said adding that there was no need for villagers to continue begging if they could raise funds to support local projects.

“Of importance is that the owners of the funds are the contributors from the community themselves, whilst management is done by CFWRZ, with ACAC as the watchdog.”

Mangwe legislator and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Honorable Obedingwa Mguni applauded the launch of the project and urged locals to fully embrace it to advance community development.

Tshitshi joins villages such as Thekwane, Ndiweni, Nyele, Nguwanyana, Silima, Embakwe and Empandeni amongst others from Bulilima and Mangwe which have already embraced Community Endowment projects.

The Community Endowment Programme which will be run by Self Help Groups has since received a start-up grant of $1,000.


Editor's note: This article was done in partnership with Getjenge Community Radio, a Plumtree based community news initiative. 

Plumtree Musicians Receive BAA Nominations

PLUMTREE-born musicians Martin Sibanda, Tish Malaba and Clement Magwaza Ncube have been nominated for the inaugural Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) which recognise artistes from Matabeleland—including Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South.

The awards will be held on June 30 at the Bulawayo Large City Hall.

Sibanda and Ncube will both compete for the most outstanding Tshibilika/Rumba music. Their competition in this category includes Mothusi Bashimane Ndlovu better known as Madlela—and most famous for his hit song “SaMaMo”.

Malaba on the other hand will compete for the Song of the Year and Best Kwaito/House through his Kalanga Child hit. 

 File photo: Martin Sibanda

Ncube and Sibanda are both famous for Tshibilika music better known as Rumba or Afro-fusion which is most popular in Matabeleland South and North provinces while Malaba is famous for pioneering Kalanga Kwaito/House music in Zimbabwe. 

The nominees have begun canvassing for votes on social media—and fans can cast votes for their favourite acts/artistes through sending a message to the adjudicators via WhatsApp or SMS to +263 777934443 or via the Awards’ official Facebook page Bulawayo Arts Awards.

 File photo: Clement "Magwaza" Ncube

To vote for the artiste of your choice use the format below and send your vote using the contacts options provided above. 


#BAAZw

Genre/Category: Outstanding Tshibilika/Rumba Music

Artist/Act: Martin Sibanda/Clement Magwaza Ncube (NB: Pick your favourite)


To vote for Kalanga Child use the format below. 


#BAAZw

Genre/Category: Outstanding Kwaito/House/Song of the Year

Artist/Act: Sinazo/Kalanga Child


 

Tags: Tish Malaba,, Kalanga Child,, Sinazo,, Rumba Music,, Clement Magwaza Ncube,, BAA,, Martin Sibanda,, Plumtree,

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