Hungry villagers resort to bins at Pamushana School

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BIKITA - Hordes of hungry villagers from Bikita have resorted to eating food leftovers thrown away in waste bins at Pamushana High boarding school.
The Mirror visited the school recently and found up to 50 villagers waiting at the entrance to the school dining hall to collect food left by the students
The food scavengers have become so well organized that they have since chosen a chairman who organizes them so that food collection is not only done in an orderly manner but there is fair distribution.
Huzias Tumbu (60) of Marozva Village under Chief Marozva confirmed that he was the chairman of those surviving on leftovers from the school.
He said some of his members were walking up to 20km from Birivenge to collect leftovers while others were from surrounding villages, particularly Marozva.
The Mirror is informed that the school has moved in to assist the desperate villagers as there is already an understanding among the teachers and pupils that the leftovers should be nicely packed away for the villagers to collect.
Pamushana High head, Johnson Madhuku could not be reached for comment as his phone was unreach­able. The food is collected at around 5pm everyday when students leave the dining hall. The villagers place it in sacks and paper bags to bring them for the children at home, said Humbu.
"Families at home including chil­dren are actually waiting for us to ar­rive with this food," said Tumbu.
He said initially the group lied to the school authorities that the food was for pigs. However, they realised that if they say so the food will be handled in an unhygienic manner and they came out in the open and told the authorities that the food was for their own consumption.
Tumbu said most of those turning up for the leftovers were left out of Government food aid programmes either because of nepotism or poli­tics.
One school teacher who declined to be named said the situation was touching. She said the school and pupils have come to realise that they needed to assist the villagers to the extent that that pupils were deliber­ately not finishing their shares in the dining hall so that they leave some food for the desperate villagers,
"The villagers come every day for the food. Sometimes we witness sorry situations where the villagers scramble for small bits of left overs" said the teacher.
The Mirror actually saw children who had accompanied their parents to the school enjoying food from the top story



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The Mirror: Hungry villagers resort to bins at Pamushana School
Hungry villagers resort to bins at Pamushana School
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