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Heal Zimbabwe scales up social accountability awareness in Zaka

Brighton Chiseva

ZAKA – Heal Zimbabwe is
scaling up its public accountability awareness campaign in Zaka through many
activities including interactive clean-up campaigns in the district.
The
non-governmental organisation last week partnered the local leadership for a
clean-up campaign at Four Miles shopping centre where a platform was created
for people to freely discuss issues that affect their communities.
Heal Zimbabwe
project officer Donald Marimbe said they decided to use a unique approach to
help build accountable community leadership.
 “We have been teaching people on how they
should hold local leaders to account on anything they do and make sure that
there is transparency in positions of leadership. This clean-up is a result of
what we have been teaching the community and we are pleased by the response,”
said Marimbe
People were
urged to unite and continue providing labour and other services towards the
completion of Four Miles Clinic.
Some villagers said
the wide gully close to Murerekwa Primary School needed to be filled-up as it
had become a hazard to children and animals.
Other villagers
also expressed concern over the increase in criminal activities mostly by ruffians
who use catapults to attack children coming from school.
Traditional
leaders who attended the event included Headman Utete, village heads Gwara,
Chivata, Mhamo and Zarira who all pledged to work for the safety of their
communities.
The clean-up
campaign was a local leadership initiative to create a platform for people to
share ideas and get feedback from their leaders.
The event
followed a workshop on accountability which was organised by Heal Zimbabwe in
the same area.
Ward 8 Cllr
Tererai Tererai praised the clean-up exercise had not only tidied the
surroundings but had also given a chance for interactive dialogue for the sake
of greater community harmony.
“We decided to
put to test what we learnt from the workshops organised by Heal Zimbabwe. This
is just the beginning; we will do more programmes different from the clean-ups.
We will also go to other areas like Gwangwava,” said Tererai.
Heal Zimbabwe provided
plastic litter bags and gloves for use during the clean-up exercise.

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