Tempers flare over Park extension

Disgruntled Matobo Ward 16 community members are demanding back their land which was allegedly taken from them during the colonial rule when Matobo National Park boundary was extended. The community indicated that the conflict that exists between them and the Park authorities was a result of the extension of the Park in the 1960s to…

Council purchases litter bins, push carts

Last year, Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team in Insiza District Ward 15 presented a position paper on solid waste management at a policy dialogue meeting organized by Habakkuk Trust in Filabusi Centre. The Action Team expressed concerns over general uncleanliness in the District’s service centre which they attributed to lack of street litter bins,…

National Peace and Reconciliation Bill

“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to Farce or Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” James Madison For those who have not read or…

Residents express dismay over NPRC

Disgruntled Bulawayo residents have expressed concerns over the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) which they say will not ensure post-conflict justice, healing and reconciliation. Speaking at a public discussion on the NPRC Bill organized by Habakkuk Trust in collaboration with Heal Zimbabwe Trust recently, residents said victims of past injustices including victims of past…

Shot in the arm for Mdengelele villagers

Four boreholes have been drilled in Nkayi Ward 26 to alleviate water crisis in the Ward that has seen villagers travelling very long distances to access the precious liquid. This development came after Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team in Nkayi Ward 26 presented a position paper on access to water at a policy dialogue…

Action Teams share solutions for sustainability

Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Teams from Insiza District visited Shale Action Team in Umzingwane District while Bubi and Nkayi Districts Action Teams visited Mangwe District Action Teams, to share knowledge and experiences on the advocacy work they have been doing in their different areas. Peer exchange and learning visits in Mangwe Ward 1 and…

Capitalism and Water…a scary thought?

We all know that water is unevenly distributed throughout the world. With only 1% of the world’s freshwater (2.5%) being easily accessible and about 650 million people in the world “not… Source: Capitalism and Water…a scary thought?

SHALE COMMUNITY CLINIC NEARS COMPLETION

Shale Clinic, a health facility being built by Umzingwane Ward 8 community, is at an advanced stage of completion. The structure is now at roofing level and is expected to be complete by June 2016. The community, with the help of Habakkuk Trust’s Shale Community Advocacy Action Team has been pooling resources together to build…

Human Rights Day celebrations a success

Habakkuk Trust joined the rest of the world to celebrate human rights day on the 10th of December 2015, which were held under the theme: Our Rights, Our Freedoms – Always (this was also the theme for the UN 2015). The main celebrations, held at Whitewater Secondary School in Matobo Ward 17 on the 11th…

Communities urged to report human rights violations

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has urged community members to report human rights violations that happen in their communities. Speaking at a human rights day celebration at Whitewater Secondary School in Matobo District, Commissioner Japhet Ndabeni Ncube said the commission has not received any complaints from the Western region of the country. “ZHRC handles…

Youth speak out on participation in development

Youth participation in most community development programmes is usually very disappointing. We sought to find out why young people do not participate in economic decision making processes let alone community development initiatives. This is what they had to say: Nomathemba Ncube from Halale village in Matobo Ward 17: I don´t think that young people do…