Lion fear: teach­ers flee school

12 months in jail for day­light kid­nap­per

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Pa­tience Mut­siwi

LUSHABE Pri­mary School in Tsholot­sho South is grap­pling with an ex­o­dus of teach­ers due to wa­ter sup­ply prob­lems and fears of be­ing mauled by lions.

This was said by the act­ing school head Ms Chisina Donga last Fri­day dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of two class­room blocks made pos­si­ble through con­tri­bu­tions made by Tsholot­sho South MP Cde Zenzo Sibanda.

The school, which is lo­cated in Lushabe re­set­tle­ment area, has an en­rol­ment of 172 pupils and five teach­ers.

“We have a prob­lem of wa­ter, our bore­hole only pumps out 16 buck­ets a day and in win­ter it pro­duces a foul smell. The school has only five teach­ers and they are forced to take two grades each which is a very se­ri­ous chal­lenge,” said Ms Donga.

“When teach­ers come here they im­me­di­ately leave say­ing they fear be­ing mauled by lions and that there is no ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

She said at in­cep­tion in 2014, the school had pole and dagga struc­tures with no fur­ni­ture with pupils sit­ting on the floor and at­tend­ing lessons un­der trees.

“To date, the school has man­aged to con­struct two class­room blocks and this was made pos­si­ble through sheer hard work by the past and present SDCs, par­ents and do­na­tions from well­wish­ers among them Cde Sibanda,” said Ms Donga.

She com­mended Cde Sibanda for do­nat­ing 100 bags of ce­ment, fur­ni­ture and build­ing ma­te­rial that fa­cil­i­tated the con­struc­tion of the class­room blocks.

“We also had par­ents who were ow­ing levies and they pledged to come and mould bricks. They moulded 35 000 bricks for the class­room blocks and toi­lets,” she said.

In his speech, Cde Sibanda en­cour­aged par­ents to take a lead­ing role in com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives such as the con­struc­tion of schools.

Cde Sibanda said com­mu­nity sup­port was key for lo­cal projects to suc­ceed.

“Par­ents must take a lead­ing role in the con­struc­tion of schools be­cause it ben­e­fits the lo­cal com­mu­nity. No one will come from Maron­dera or Lu­pane to con­struct schools for you.

‘‘You must spear­head such pro­grammes to com­ple­ment gov­ern­ment’s Zim-As­set pol­icy,” he said.

The guest of hon­our and Min­is­ter of State for Mata­bele­land North prov­ince, Cde Cain Math­ema, said he was pleased by the unity of pur­pose that was dis­played in the area.

“I am pleased to note this par­tic­u­lar de­vel­op­ment that has taken place here. It is through hard work and unity of pur­pose that we have de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives of this na­ture,” said Cde Math­ema in a speech read on his be­half by Cde Sibanda..-@ Aux­il­iaK A 30-YEAR-OLD man from Zvisha­vane will spend the next 12 months in prison for kid­nap­ping a three-yearold girl.

Abra­ham Shava, who re­sides in Escrow Sub­urb in Zvisha­vane, pleaded guilty to kid­nap­ping when he ap­peared be­fore Zvisha­vane Mag­is­trate Mr Peter — Madiba. The mag­is­trate sen­tenced him to 12 months in jail. Prose­cut­ing, Mr Tal­ent Tadenyika told the court that on Septem­ber 15 in Man­dava dur­ing the af­ter­noon, the vic­tim was play­ing out­side the house with other chil­dren while her mother was asleep in the shade be­hind the house. Shava came, took the three-year-old and went away. He was seen by a woman from the neigh­bour­ing house, Mrs Meg­gie Gwatikona, who alerted the vic­tim’s mother, the court heard.

It is the State’s case that Mrs Gwatikona and the girl’s mother pur­sued Shava.

The two caught up with the ac­cused per­son after a dis­tance of two kilo­me­tres.

“The ac­cused was hold­ing the vic­tim in his arms pro­ceed­ing to an un­known desti­na­tion. Shava was then ap­pre­hended by the two and they brought him to the po­lice sta­tion,” said Mr Tadenyika.— @ patiemt­siwi.

Tsholot­sho South MP Cde Zenzo Sibanda un­veils a plaque to mark the com­mis­sion­ing of a new class­room block he helped build at Lushabe Pri­mary School at Lushabe re­set­tle­ment in Tsholot­sho South Dis­trict. Look­ing on is Tsholot­sho Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Glo­ria Round (left) and the school Head­mistress Ms Chisina Donga (cen­tre) among oth­ers. (Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri)

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