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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULWAYO, Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1, 1991 — In an ef­fort to curb the in­creas­ing cases of bur­glary at schools, the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil will in­tro­duce dog pa­trols in coun­cil-owned schools, the direc­tor of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, Cde Isa­iah Ma­gag­ula, said yes­ter­day.

In an interview in Bu­l­awayo, Cde Ma­gag­ula said school care­tak­ers would be given trained dogs to help them man the schools, es­pe­cially at night.

“The city coun­cil will def­i­nitely go ahead with im­ple­ment­ing its pro­posed plan of in­tro­duc­ing dog pa­trols in the schools. We will, how­ever, first work on a pi­lot scheme be­fore im­ple­men­ta­tion,’’ said Cde Ma­gag­ula.

Last year, many par­ents — teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions sug­gested to the city coun­cil that care­tak­ers should be pro­vided with trained dogs to help curb bur­glar­ies.

At a prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony at Mhali Pri­mary School yes­ter­day, the head­mas­ter, Cde Sa­muel Moyo, ex­pressed con­cern at the ris­ing in­ci­dence of bur­glary in schools. He said his school had been bro­ken into on sev­eral oc­ca­sions al­though it has a fixed alarm sys­tem.

Cde Moyo said the school lost gas and elec­tric stoves, a sewing ma­chine and some uten­sils, among other things.

“The scheme to in­tro­duce dog pa­trols in schools at night must now be im­ple­mented to safe­guard equip­ment,’’ he said.

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