Human rights defender and Masvingo Residents Trust (MRT) coodinator Prosper Tiringindi, who has been in North England since September last year on a fellowship programme, has returned home vowing to transform his organisation using ideas he learnt while away.
Tiringindi joined other rights defenders from across the African continent in a relationship building programme in Yorkshire City at York University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights.
While in the United Kingdom (UK), Tiringindi was afforded a chance to visit the UK parliament where he says he got to experience mature debates.
“It was a great experience and an eye-opener. It was a learning experience and my hope is that I will be able to apply what I learnt in the UK here at home for the benefit of our people.
“I observed that our politics is so toxic that it affects every aspect of our lives. While attending debates in the UK parliament, I realised that they put their country first above politics. This is what we lack here in most African countries.
“We put politics first before national development. If an honourable member makes a very sober and lucid argument but belongs to the other side, the contribution is crushed. This is how low our politics is and it is my hope that one day things will change,” said Tiringindi.
Tiringindi said he has learnt new ideas which he will use to transform MRT and make it tackle issues to do with access to education for the girl child and the disabled in Masvingo.
“MRT will go beyond pushing for service delivery in the city but will go to rural local authorities in Bikita, Gutu, Zaka and Mwenezi.
“We will also be tackling issues to do with access to education for the girl child as well as the disabled people in the four districts. We will be taking issues from the community to the relevant authorities,” said Tiringindi.