18 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - Issue 491

press release

Kwekwe Town Council, Shadreck Tobaiwa has called upon society and the corporate world to extend special care to children without families at this time of the festive season.

He said this while hosting the Kwekwe Mayor's Cheer Fund at Queens Club in the city at the weekend. "Children are a gift from God and they should be shown love and be protected at all cost," said Mayor Tobaiwa.

"All children must enjoy the special protection and should be protected against any form of neglect, cruelty and exploitation," he said.

He further pointed out that parents should value the education of their children since education is a defence mechanism against abuse. Clr Tobaiwa extended gratitude to the corporate world for giving a helping hand by donating to the less privileged.

The groceries and cash worth thousands of dollars were donated by various corporate bodies and the donations will benefit Mbuya Saunyama Children's Home, Maryward Children's Home and Amaveni Old People's Home. The ceremony was attended by several MPs, councillors and the business community in Kwekwe.

In Harare the 21 MDC members who were granted bail on Monday by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu at the High Court were released from Harare and Chikurubi remand prison this afternoon.

They received a hero's welcome on their arrival at the party's headquarters, Harvest House before they were briefly addressed by President Tsvangirai. Also present to welcome them were members of the National Standing Committee and the National Executive Committee.

The 21 are among the 31 MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare in May last year. Some of them had been in remand prison for over 19 months.

Meanwhile the Bulawayo City Council on Saturday finally managed to have water supplies flowing into the city from Mtshabezi-Umzingwane project ending water woes, mayor of the City of Bulawayo Patrick Thaba Moyo has said.

Bulawayo has been facing some serious water challenges due to poor rains experienced during the last rainy season, a situation which resulted in the city resorting to water rationing. "We started the pumping of water to the residents through a test run on Saturday morning and I am glad to say that the results were a success," said Mayor Moyo.

By Saturday afternoon, 13 mega-litres had been pumped into the city's waterworks. He expressed hope that the water pipeline will be in full operation in the next two weeks as the full implementation of the project has been affected by the festive holidays since the contractors want to take a break.

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