Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Poor and unhygienic mask disposal a menace in Zimbabwe’s second largest city


by Yollander Millin

Mask disposal is proving to be a problematic phenomenon in Bulawayo suburbs as recently discovered. While the pandemic continues to co-exist with the people, and with speculation of the 4th wave in the not so distant future, the carefree manner in which face masks are being thrown around needs to be addressed urgently as this is not only a pollution issue but a potential case of virus spread.

Since the beginning of the school term, children from Mahatshula primary school have on several occasions been caught picking up the poorly disposed masks and wearing them without knowledge of who pre-owned them, which raises concern about the coronavirus spreading.

Disposable masks are now easily available and accessible on roadside markets, costing ZW$10 each as compared to the US$28 a box that the government was invoiced in the Drax scandal.

Despite this rising concern, the lack of implementation of already existing COVID-19 policies, such as the lack of enforcement of punitive action for not wearing masks correctly, encourages the lack of confidence in the Government taking any action to have the matter resolved.

There needs to a collective initiative towards addressing COVID-19 related matters and the law enforcement agencies are encouraged to enforce laws and policies, holding each citizen accountable for their actions without fear or favor.

Illiteracy rate rises amongst young mothers in Malawi’s Mulanje district


By Doreen Mwangatah

Young mothers in Mulanje District in Malawi are hesitating to continue with their education after delivery thus scaling up the illiteracy rate in Mulanje.

One of the young mothers at Mulanje District Hospital, Eliza Patrick, who is 17 years of age, expressed her interest to go back to school after delivery but due to lack of financial support from her parents she dropped out of school. This is a common challenge that most young mothers face. Availability of loans would enable parents to borrow money so that they can-do small-scale businesses to support their children who are showing interest to continue their education.

Negligence causing malaria spike in Machinga, Malawi


by Tadala Chiomba

T/A Mposa is one of the areas in Machinga, Malawi doing well in rice farming of which the farming fields are usually waterlogged leading to water stagnation. The majority of the stagnant water is a habitat for mosquitoes which hatches into millions of mosquitoes. Some deaths in the area have been due to malaria hence making it almost impossible to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 which aspires to ensure good health and well-being for all which Malawi committed.

According to Elisha Raphael, Mposa health worker said that the main cause of this problem is ignorance and negligence among people in the community as they are making unnecessary holes and deep pits knowingly pretty well that it is almost rain season despite the waterlogged fields which are already rooms for mosquitoes. He said it is a concern to the whole community since everyone living in this area is affected.

He further said that, him and his fellow health workers are encouraging communities to get rid of pits around their homes that are likely to contain water over a period. He said communities should avoid having stagnant water around their houses as they are about to distribute mosquito nets and deliver key messages on malaria disease prevention. Hopefully, in 2022 they will register low malaria cases compared to this year.

Discrimination of Nambya and Tonga workers rock Hwange ZUPCO depot


By Concerned Citizen

Workers at the Hwange Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) Depot are living in fear of being fired from work at any time. A top official on the premises has refused to work with local people citing language barrier challenges. Hwange is situated in Matabeleland North Province in Zimbabwe and the primary languages spoken there are Nambya and Tonga.

Speaking to one of the employees who refused to be named for fear of victimisation, she said “He said he cannot work with Nambya and Tonga people because he does not understand their language”. This resulted in the termination of contracts for many local people who were employed by the Public Transport Operator at the end of September 2021. More allegations have been raised against the said official as he is being accused of not only discrimination but sexual harassment as well. Apparently sources say that he openly brags about how he is untouchable because of his high connections. Anyone who challenges his actions risks his or her contract being terminated as the official will decline to renew the contract.”

A member of the workers committee, Mr N (not real name) said “We are honestly tired of this issue and we wish neutral people can intervene and assist. We have tried our best but we cannot risk our jobs as well. We will be happy if this matter is resolved and people return to work.”

Negative myths and misconceptions about family planning – a barrier to modern contraception use by youths in Nsanje, Malawi


By Merrie Phiri

Most of the girls in Nsanje District in Malawi are not accessing Family Planning Methods in the hospitals due to misconceptions over PFM.

Speaking during District Youth Network Meeting, Family Planning Coordinator in Nsanje, Mr Chatambalala Chifundo, said that most of the young people believe that using Family Planning Methods can reduce sexual feelings and cause infertility.

However, Chatambalala pleaded with stakeholders and government to work hand in hand by promoting civic education concerning Sexual Productivity and the use of Family Planning Methods in the district .

CSOs gear up for 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence


By Minenhle Moyo

As we draw near the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development has already started its mission to educate community members on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), as part of efforts to reduce the rate of violence within communities.

Speaking during one of the meetings the Program Manager for Women’s Institute for Leadership Development Mrs Permanent Ngoma said most women were not in leadership positions due to a lack of confidence emanating from various forms of abuse.

“Most women are not in leadership positions because they lack confidence and are not capacitated enough to carry out leadership duties.”

“Most women also do not participate in decision-making processes because they lack confidence and are abused,” she said.

The organization also took time to educate participants about the importance of voting. The Communications Officer at WILD Mrs. Bridget Ndlovu hammered on the issue of delimitation, urging community members to encourage each other to vote in order to reach the required amount to create a constituency.

Participants stated that transport costs hindered them from going to the only registration center available in Bulawayo. However,
as part of efforts to encourage citizens to vote, the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development is offering people free transport to individuals faced with this challenge.

Shortage of teacher’s houses at Bangula Primary School in Nsanje, Malawi compromises learners’ right to education


By Emmanuel Alufazema

Teachers at Bangula Primary School under Traditional Authority (T/A) Mbenje in Nsanje district in Malawi have asked the government to construct houses at the school campus saying they are struggling walking long distances to and from school a situation which is negatively affecting learners to access quality education.

Bangula Primary School Headteacher, Patrick Bishop disclosed this when I toured the school on Wednesday. The Bishop said that the school has got only two teacher’s houses which are not enough to accommodate fifty-five teachers in total.

He said that out of 55 teachers, 43 are living in remote areas at a distance of about 2 to 3 kilometers from the campus and that they are negatively affected by heat as well as rainfall during the rainy season. Due to these challenges, most of the teachers opt not to report for duty, hence affecting learners’ access to quality education.

Considering that the school is one of the three primary schools with the high number of learners enrollment in the district, the government and other well-wishers must come in and help in constructing the teachers’ houses at the campus to minimize challenges both teachers and learners are facing so that the quality of learners’ education may be promoted.

In equality during lockdown


by Rapule Moiloa

On the 21st of December 2020 when Ramaphosa spoke he said if people are found without face mask in public they will be arrested and sentenced to six months or even fined for not putting their face masks and the first two weeks Bheki Cele said 7000 people were arrested for not wearing masks in public yet a minister from mpumalanga who attended Jackson Mthembu’s funeral with out wearing a mask is not arrested.

Stella ndabeni Abraham’s was never arrested for taking photos with friends during the first hard lockdown last year but Ramaphosa said she was suspended for three months without pay yet people were arrested for buying what they need.
Today in Diepkloof zone 6 taxi rank SANDF, JMPD SAPS, were patrolling at the taxi rank and checking if the community members were wearing their masks and the army had guns not knowing is for intemidation.

Inequality level is still very high in South Africa, while government schools are still closed private schools are running and i wonder if these is not breaking lockdown rules and regulations for reopening schools and the anc government and the department of education is saying nothing regarding these matter.

Murdered by her boyfriend in her home


by Rapule Moiloa

Gender based violence is still a problem in our society the first six days of January 2021 a women was killed on the 06-01-2021 in Diepkloof zone 6 by her boyfriend at her home then the boyfriend left after shooting her. He went to his home where he shot himself after shooting the lady dead.

Vandalized Rdp houses


by Rapule Moiloa

Having a home is what is what many people want to have the challenge is if one is unemployed can’t buy nor build a house nor rent a place to stay because of unemployment, but to register with the department of human settlement in order to be listed on the system.It’s unfortunate that Rdp houses are vandalized when there are so many people on waiting lists to be allocated a home, Rdp houses between Dube and Meadowlands hostel are vandalized and it’s tax payers money that is wasted. Some how is a delay to many people who have already registered for a house and end up building a shack where it is risky and these houses are vandalized by people who stay close by these Rdp houses and hence there’s a backlog for allocation and selling of these houses is a problem and also vandalism is a problem.