…. ‘Land Reform on sugarcane plantations benefitted outsiders’
CHIREDZI – As society becomes increasingly digital, Tell Zimbabwe has devised an appropriate response by livestreaming some of its activities in order to cater for a greater audience.
At Rufaro Hall in Ward 18, Triangle, a public dialogue was attended by 150 people and was beamed live on Facebook, with the link being shared on other social media platforms namely Twitter and WhatsApp.
The event saw participants engaging with their ward councillor Gilbert Mutubuki who was elected in last year’s harmonised elections on promises of fighting for better service delivery.
Some of the issues that came out of the discussions included lack of support for informal traders, shortage of residential stands, sugar company Tongaat Hulett’s employees reaching the age of retirement without anything to show for it, the Land Reform Program benefitting mostly outsiders at the expense of locals and the dire living conditions in compounds housing employees of small-holder sugarcane farmers who benefitted from the Land Reform Program.
Residents who spoke at the event said they appreciated the efforts of Tell Zimbabwe and other community based organisations in getting their voices and concerns across to solution holders.
Others said it was critical to continue with livestreamed dialogues of that nature so that all leaders – whether elected or appointed – could publicly be held to account and as a way of confirming that they indeed represent the public interest.
Tell Zimabwe programs manager Passmore Kuzipa said the organisation will work harder to improve contact between the public and office holder.
“I am pleased that our programing work is being received with greater enthusiasm than we had ever expected. We pledge to work harder to bring leaders back to the people whose interests they purport to represent. Livestreaming is one such way of doing that, and the footage is stored as an archive which will be useful for future references,” said Kuzipa.