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People of Bulawayo call for the repeal of the Public Order and Security Act
Bulawayo Agenda
February 19, 2010

In the bid to provide information to its networks, stakeholders and other interested parties, Bulawayo Agenda sends the Daily Agenda; a compilation of alerts from the chapters and its network of contacts located in areas where Bulawayo Agenda operates from. The Daily Agenda offers an alternative source of information from the mainstream media that is often restricted in terms of outreach as it focuses on the grassroots. The Daily Agenda will provide information on critical governance and developmental issues.

Bulawayo - A diabetic and an orphan, Pamela Nyathi (18) of Emakhandeni Suburb who became blind as a result of diabetes is appealing for assistance from well wishers to undergo an operation to restore her sight. She hopes to continue with her education as she had to drop out due to her ailment. For more information please contact Mrs Jairos on +263 912 778 208 or +263 733 441 736.

The people of Bulawayo have called for the repeal of the Public Order and Security Act at a public hearing meeting held in Bulawayo yesterday. Speakers from the public and representatives of different organisations in the city called for the repeal of the law saying that it is not a necessary instrument in the laws of Zimbabwe. The majority of the participants who attended the meeting called for the repeal of section 32 which calls for people to carry identity documents with them. Other speakers also noted that there is need for Parliament to suggest training for law enforcement agents noting that in many cases they had misinterpreted the law. There were calls from the participants for the members of the Parliamentary committee on Defense and Security chaired by Honorable Paul Madzore to ensure that the application of law would not be selective.

Mzingwane - Pregnant women in Mzingwane District in Matabeleland South province have turned their backs on the Mzingwane district hospital citing the endless demands from the hospital as a problem.Women who spoke to the Daily Agenda said that they now preffered giving birth at home with the assistance of home based care workers than at the hospital because of the endless demands.She said that pregnant women were expected to bring their own surgical gloves and pegs to the hospital. She said that the requirement by the hospital for all women to be tested for HIV was also problematic for many as they had also resulted in the breakup of homes. Most hospitals in Zimbabwe have set as a policy that pregnant women be tested of HIV before giving birth to prevent mother to child transmission.

Upcoming events-

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office, Gorden Moyo, will be holding consultative meetings with Bulawayo residents this weekend. At the following venues:

  • Saturday: Mabuthweni Hall 20 February 2010 at 1400 hrs
  • Sunday: Pumula Hall 21 February 2010 at 1400 hrs
  • Cowdray Park -Mahlathini Primary School, 21 February 2010 at 1000 hrs
  • Mutare Agenda will be holding a committee meeting on the 19th of February 2010 at Holiday Inn.
  • Bulawayo Agenda will be holding a Focus group meeting in Nketa on the 19th of February 2010.
  • A ground breaking ceremony, by Councillor Paul Malaba will be held on the 20th of February 2010 at 08:30 Hours opposite Leeside service station in Bulawayo.

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