…. as Govt gets nervous about street demos
CHIREDZI - First lady Auxilia Mnangagwa was in Chiredzi this week assessing progress in the work being done to upgrade Chambuta Children’s Home into a National Rehabilitation Centre where orphans and street kids will be trained with life skills.
She urged local companies to invest their own resources towards making a success of the project; claiming she alone could not afford it.
The phenomenal increase in the number of children living on the streets has come with both social and political implications, with some of them reportedly being used to front demonstrations against the government.
Speaking during a briefing at Chambuta, Mnangagwa said she was on a mission to decongest street kids from the streets of Harare.
"We need to move in about a 1000 street kids and provide them with projects they can live on. So we are upgrading Chambuta to a national rehabilitation centre. I am aware that it will be a mammoth task to move street kids as some will refuse but we will focus on those that are willing," said Mnangagwa.
Chiredzi East Member of Parliament (MP) Denford Masiya welcomed the move, saying he was also working hard to make the project a success.
"We are really behind your projects and we welcome those children. Let them come and be kept here since you want to upgrade it to a national rehabilitation centre," said Masiya.
However, a source privy to the developments said the project was part of broader plans to prevent civil society and the opposition from using homeless children during demonstrations.
"It’s all about dealing with demonstrations since street kids are thought to be so reckless and fearless that they would not mind participating in demonstrations right from the front,” said the source.