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Solar powered lighting in Kuwadzana and Glenview
for Democratic Change
The Mayor of Harare,
Muchadeyi Masunda today inspected the city council's pilot
project of solar street lighting in Kuwadzana and Glenview 3 shopping
centers. The two streetlights are capable of lighting the entire
shopping center using solar energy.
"It is an exciting
project and we are assessing whether this is a tenable project.
We have one street light at the shopping area and if we have six
more we can light the entire community," said Mayor Masunda.
"But for now we are checking if the lights work." The
solar powered street light cost an estimated US$2 000, and can last
for up to 20 years with only the panel and the batteries needing
replacement. Mayor Masunda said these lights were a third the size
of the electricity operated tower lights. He said that the council
was working on energy conservation as the nation grapples with electricity
Elsewhere, there is an
increased upsurge of intimidation of villagers in the rural areas
by State security agents as the Constitution-making process spreads
out across the country. Reports from the provinces show a worrying
trend of an increase in intimidation, harassment and arrests of
The MDC Mashonaland Central
Youth Assembly deputy provincial chairperson, Brian Pfungweni was
arrested in Mt Darwin as he was mobilising MDC supporters to attend
the Constitution-making public meetings. Before his arrest he was
attacked by Zanu PF supporters in the area. However, instead of
arresting the Zanu PF youths, the police arrested Pfungweni. He
has since been transferred to Bindura central police station and
is expected to appear in court this week.
In Shamva, also
in Mashonaland Central province, Central Intelligence Office agents
on Tuesday addressed villagers before the start of the outreach
meetings preaching the discredited Kariba
draft. They threatened them with disappearance if they did not
comply with this directive. The CIO agents were driving unmarked
vehicles when they addressed villagers in Shamva at Bradley, Kamudyariwa,
Hore, Chidembo and Kasimbi meeting points.
The Zanu PF
Shamva South MP, Samuel Ziteya, illegally withdrew written submissions
that had been handed to the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee
(COPAC) team at Bradley. In Fairfields, Chirumanzu, Midlands province,
a deputy headmaster at Fairfields primary school called for a parents'
meeting and started addressing them about the Kariba draft ahead
of Copac public meetings. Meanwhile, there are reports in some provinces
that people who want to participate in the meetings are failing
to do so as the Copac timetable is incorrect.
In Masvingo province,
the MDC Chivi South district chairperson, Shelter Chifamba was threatened
with death by a self-styled war veteran and Zanu PF Chivi South
Ward 24 chairman, Machanja Risco at a funeral in Chivi. Chifamba,
who was assaulted and had her house destroyed in 2008, has been
warned against mobilising people for the Constitution consultations
In Mashonaland Central
province, the MDC information secretary for Muzarabani North district,
Wilbert Zenya has been threatened with unspecified action after
the soccer World Cup. Zenya of Ward 27 Maseredza village has been
especially targeted because he has a satellite dish at his house
where people are watching the World cup. "They told me I bought
the satellite dish so that I watch news that supports the MDC,"
In Manicaland province,
four Mutare law and order policemen went to the MDC MP for Makoni
South Hon Pishayi Muchauraya's house, and instructed that
the MP report to the Mutare Central police station without fail.
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