Dumping in Kuwadzana

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“A recurrent eyesore at Kuwadzana 3 shops, HARARE. My name is Dalom”
- Received via WhatsApp

Describe yourself in five words?
Passionate, analytical, impatient, inquisitive and cheeky.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Life is a single skip for joy so don’t waste it on thinking what if. Just do.

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
Jumped out of a plane … twice (I would never do that now!)

What is your most treasured possession?
They are not a possession but I treasure my family.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Apathy.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Nope…

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My feet!

What is your greatest extravagance?
Perfume, and I LOVE to travel so I am not shy about spending money on this.

What have you got in your fridge?
Eggs, milk, brie, olives, margarine, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, tomato juice, wine… can’t remember what else.

What is your greatest fear?
That my son will be apathetic.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
They are empty (the old handbag is full though).

What is your favourite journey?
At the moment the trip to and from work every day because it gives me time to zone out, catch up on calls with friends, and listen to music.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Recently I have met so many children that are battling cancer. They are phenomenal, beautiful warriors. Their mothers, fathers, gogos and other relatives that support them daily that includes sleeping next to their beds for weeks and sometimes months at a time, are heroic. And, my older brother – he is one of my best buds too.

When and where were you happiest?
I am happy now BUT just before we moved to Zimbabwe we lived in Durban and it was a magical time. My office window looked out onto the ocean and I walked on the beach every day. I also surfed every day, which I LOVED [I never really stood up on the board but I still consider myself having surfed :-) ]. I have happy memories of those days.

What’s your biggest vice?
Coffee … and wine.

What were you like at school?
I started off shy and reserved then somewhere along the way I found my voice, questioned everything and finished with a bit of an anti establishment attitude.

What are you doing next?
Nothing major at this stage but plans are always being made so who knows!

*Find out what KidzCan is all about – watch this video

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Interview with Patrick Makokoro, Founder and Director of Nhaka Foundation

When was Nhaka Foundation formed and what led to the decision to start the organization?
Nhaka Foundation was formed in 2007 to provide access to education and healthcare for vulnerable children. At that time there were just a few organisations providing holistic support to orphans and vulnerable children. Nhaka Foundation came as a means to provide support to children in difficult situations in Zimbabwe through access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs. When we began operations in 2007 we started with a child sponsorship programme to subsidise school fees. We later incorporated other programs, which include access to health and nutrition for children in marginalised communities. Nhaka Foundation works within the community and in partnership to reconnect the traditional safety nets that have been eroded through the social and economic upheaval that Zimbabwe has experienced.

Who plays the leading role in this important work?
The day-to-day responsibilities of running the organisation lie with a dedicated board of trustees and a management team which comprises administration and programme staff. We also value the participation of the community as our key stakeholders in the areas we operate in, and without their ownership we would not achieve anything. We believe all children should have the resources they need to lead a healthy and fulfilled life.

What kind of programmes are you currently implementing?
Nhaka Foundation has graduated from just providing children with school fees to establishing community partnerships. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the community we identify primary schools that need assistance from the Early Childhood Development (EDC) perspective. Using EDC as an entry point into the community we then assist in renovating pre-school classroom blocks so that children can have safe learning environment. From there we are able to provide access to health, food and increased education. Under the ECD programme we implement teacher training, conduct health screenings in partnership with the Ministry of Health and we also have feeding programmes. To lower the costs in our programmes we engage volunteers to provide mentorship, support and guidance to the communities.

Please share some of your highlights
Nhaka is increasingly seen as a leading organization at national level driving the country’s ECD agenda forward. We recently championed the need to have a national network on early childhood development and this has resulted in the establishment of the Zimbabwe Network of ECD Actors (ZINECDA), which brings together ECD actors to influence policy and practice in ECD at a national level. We have also managed to send over 240 teachers for ECD training within the district of Goromonzi.

Through the ECD programme Nhaka Foundation now manages to provide daily meals to around 2920 children in the communities we operate in.

My biggest highlight, as the Nhaka Foundation director, is that we are working towards having a community taking full leadership and ownership of the programmes and responsibility in raising their children.

Karoi farmers ill-served by GMB

Report from a WhatsApp subscriber:

To report from Karoi we have a situation where by farmers were ordered to sell their maize to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) only. The Delta Beverages Company and National Foods were not allowed to buy maize from the farmers with a reasonable price. The GMB takes long to pay the farmers up to a year so the farmers are complaining due to the deteriorating standard of living. The farmer can  not even afford to buy inputs to prepare for the next season. The farmer does not even afford to pay the child’s school fee after selling his or her maize produce. The observer might say, it is the house of hunger.

Combined Harare Residents Association is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday.

Topic: Local Government Law Reform – Perspectives on the Proposed Bills by the Ministry of Local Government
Date: Tuesday 26 August
Time: 5:30 – 8pm
Venue: Ambassador Hotel, Harare

Speakers:
Douglas Mwonzora, MDC-T
Lovemore Madhuku, NCA
Simbarashe Moyo, CHRA
Jacob Mafume, MDC Team
Zanu PF Rep

All invited

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Street posters – Join the debate!

Tell someone

A comment on the proposed local government legislation

When I first heard that the UNDP was acting as technical support to the Ministry of Local Government which was reviewing Zimbabwe’s local government legislation, I was excited. Local Government is responsible for so much of service delivery – whether there is clean water in our taps, whether our refuse is collected, whether our roads are potholed or patched. So I thought that maybe this new legislation would take advantage of the improvements the new Constitution provides, and really make a difference.

Instead, I have read through the proposed Local Authorities Bill and the proposed Provincial and Metropolitan Councils Administration Bill, and I am insulted. The five main reasons why I am insulted are:

1. The proposed Provincial and Metropolitan Councils Administration Bill administers Provincial and Metropolitan Councils, but it’s unclear what these councils do, or who pays for them. Is this just more jobs and more patronage positions?

2. The proposed Local Authorities Bill makes no mention of these Provincial and Metropolitan Councils. If government were serious about decentralisation and devolution, like the Constitution says, it would give some power to the Provincial Councils to oversee and interact with local authorities. Instead, all local authority activities are still organised through the Ministry of Local Government.

3. The proposed Local Authorities Bill doesn’t take any power away from the Ministry of Local Government. The new Bill is just the current Urban Councils Act + Rural District Councils Act merged into one document. Nothing changes. Local government doesn’t have any more power, independence, capacity or freedom from interference by the Ministry of Local Government than it currently does.

4. The proposed legislation doesn’t do anything to make it easier for me as a resident to be engaged with local government. It doesn’t make it easier for me to get at financial statements or audited accounts from the city. It doesn’t make it easier for me to get at minutes of council meetings or change of use proposals. It doesn’t take advantage of my newly constitutionally guaranteed right to information to support my informed participation in local governance. In the proposed new bills, government is still “over there,” while as a resident I remain unimportant, not involved and insignificant outside of one election every five years.

The Constitution (Sec 62) states:

“Every Zimbabwean citizen or permanent resident, including juristic persons and the Zimbabwean media, has the right of access to any information held by the State or by any institution or agency of government at every level, in so far as the information is required in the interests of public accountability.”

5. The proposed legislation doesn’t create any concrete way in which ordinary people can hold elected officials more accountable. If I have a problem with my councillor, or an objection to something the council is doing, it still just lands up in that big pile of residents’ complaints. There is no requirement to do anything about it, no obligation to respond to residents’ concerns, no duty to engage in clear ways that ensure citizen participation.

Personally I’m saying a very big NO to this proposed legislation. Don’t insult me by telling me that you’re “revising laws to align them with the new Constitution” when you’re not. Zimbabwe’s 2013 Constitution should be making things better for ordinary citizens. It should be giving us a stronger voice in the decisions that affect our day to day lives. Service delivery has a huge impact on the lives of ordinary citizens, and service delivery is local government. The new local government legislation changes nothing, and if our Parliament passes it as it stands, it will be an insult to us as citizens, and an insult to our new Constitution.


 

Get Informed!

Read the draft legislation and analyses and think for yourself:

Get Active!

Contribute to the debate:

-    How do you want to be able to engage with local government to make sure your voice is heard?
-    How do you think local government needs to improve service delivery to residents?
-    What do you think the role of the Ministry of Local Government should be?

Send us your thoughts, feedback, input and ideas! We will collate your contributions for inclusion in debate at a Stakeholders Conference next week.

Email info [at] kubatana [dot] net

The Ministry of Local Government, with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is currently engaged in a process to align Zimbabwe’s local government legislation with the 2013 Constitution.

As such, the Ministry of Local Government is currently welcoming input on proposed draft legislation including:

Given the importance of local governance to our day to day lives, Kubatana is very interested in this process, and wants to help Zimbabweans engage with this information in whatever ways possible.

So get informed! Read the above draft legislation, and send your comments through to info [at] kubatana [dot] net by the end of August.

Since the Local Authorities Bill is really long, these are some other documents that might help inform you:

Yeah right

The Constitution (Sec 62) states:

“Every Zimbabwean citizen or permanent resident, including juristic persons and the Zimbabwean media, has the right of access to any information held by the State or by any institution or agency of government at every level, in so far as the information is required in the interests of public accountability.”