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    Thursday, 20 July 2017

    Chivhu disabled help with zunde ramambo


    CHIKOMBA – A group of people living with disability under Tazviita Project recently mobilised each other and helped Chief Mtekedza of Chikomba District to harvest his 4,5 hectares of zunde ramambo maize crop.
    Joseph Hwata who is chairman of the group told The Mirror that Tazviita volunteered to assist the chief with harvesting because Mtekedza has always been supportive of the group and he has also been giving them maize from the zunde ramambo.
    The Tazviita members live at an informal settlement that is 3km from Chivhu and have frequently had problems with law enforcement agents.
    "We are extremely grateful to Chief Mtekedza for his kind heart for people living with disabilities. He is one of the few influential people in the district who helps us with food, provides transport when one of us is ill or there is a death in our community. He also helped us when our structures were destroyed.
    "The majority of well-to-do people in this district only realise our existence when it is election time and they are looking for our votes," said Hwata.
    Chief Mtekedza said it was his passion to be working with people living with disabilities and he added that he had been working with the group for several years now.
    Hwata also talked of the many challenges that his community was facing because facilities in Chikomba were not user friendly to people living with disabilities.
    He said public toilets in the district and steps to offices and shops were not made for those using wheel chairs and therefore they cannot enter many buildings using wheel chairs.
    He said the only place in Chivhu where there are facilities for the disabled is Chicken Inn.
    He accused public transporters of milking them because when they board buses they are made to pay for the seat that they use and the one where they place their wheel chairs on.
    He complained that their members were discriminated against even by the Police because when they report their cases, they are rarely attended to.
    "People living with disabilities must get equal treatment and opportunities with everyone else. The Tazviita group approached me and volunteered to harvest the fields because they now appreciate the concept of  Zunderamambo,"said Chief Mtekedza.
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