The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Govt Urged to Build Schools, Hospitals

Villagers in Gokwe South have called upon Government to build schools, hospitals and other infrastructure such as roads in the area. The villagers in Chinyudze, Chevecheve, Ndabambi and Munyevere said during interviews on Wednesday that the authorities had "forgotten" about them.

There is only one school and a make-shift clinic in Ndabambi, one of the most remote areas in this country.

"One of the rooms at a teacher's house was converted into a clinic," a villager, Mr Robson Ndabambi said.

After finishing Grade Seven, most pupils walk for almost 15km to reach the nearest secondary school in Chevecheve.

"So you realise that after Grade Seven most children drop out of school," said Mr Ndabambi. A nurse aid at the makeshift clinic at Ndabambi School, Mrs Theresa Chisi, said Government should construct a proper clinic.

"There is no privacy and conditions in this room are not conducive to run a clinic. We urge authorities to come to our aid," she said.

Village head, Mr Misheck Joshua, said the area was underdeveloped because the poor road network is often impassable during the rainy season.

"We only have one primary school, which was built in 1954 and it is in a sorry state. As you can see, the windows are shattered and there is no furniture in the classrooms," he said.

"We don't have dip tanks and we have to travel for about 12km to get to the nearest dip tank at Gwenya."

Another headman, Mr Albert Mufachini, said the poor state of roads was causing transport problems.

"Transport operators shun our route because of bad roads."

Private pick up trucks ply our route and the drivers overcharge us," he said.

Another headman, Mr Alfias Gumberu, said cotton growers were finding it difficult to transport the crop to markets.

"This is an area with a lot of cotton farmers, but there is no development. We do not have hospitals and schools and our children have to walk for several kilometers to attend school," he said.

The villagers travel for hundreds of kilometers to the nearest hospital at Gokwe centre.

Gokwe South Member of Parliament, Mr Lovemore Mupukuta, was not reachable for comment on whether he received Constituency Development Fund or not.

Gokwe South has a potential to contribute to the country's economy because of the strategic crops grown in the area.

Cotton is grown for cash, while maize, ground nuts and round nuts are for domestic consumption.

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