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Longing for good news



A colleague gave me the thumbs up for last week’s column as it was more on the positive than negative side.

It was a light read because it had nothing to do with our energy draining socio-economic situation.

Instead, it focused on the fight over Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira, a Zimbabwean born South African national team rugby player.

Nationalities from both countries lay claim to the player, with Zimbos insisting he was still very much a part of us even though he had naturalized.

Some called it our Kenya-Obama moment…remember how Kenyans celebrated when former US President Barack Obama, with roots in the East African country was elected into office.

It was like a Kenyan had become the first black man to lead America.

Anyway, I told my colleague that I am no worrywart, only that I am living in a country where there seems to be more bad than good.

I also get tired of depressing news and wish to be cheerful all the time with regards to my home country. But sadly this seems impossible!

I think the last time many Zimbos were really happy was almost two years ago during the downfall of the late former President, Robert Mugabe.

Back then most of us were ecstatic as we believed Mugabe’s demise marked the end of our misery. Little did we know that we had literally jumped from the frying pan to the blaze.

On Friday the government fired more than 200 doctors who have been on strike since September 3, demanding better wages and improved working conditions.

At least 500 more doctors are also due to be shown the exit door in the coming days as disciplinary hearings against the doctors continue.

This move by the government is clearly a case of adding salt to injuries of those who seek medical care in state hospitals as this will worsen the crisis.

Our health care system is already hanging by a thread. This move will clearly be the final nail in the coffin, because knowing our government, it will not speedily replace the doctors.

If they really cared about the welfare of the people, the doctor’s strike would not have lasted this long.

People are dying in numbers in state hospitals and instead of addressing the doctor’s concerns, the government takes a hard and heartless stance at the expense of the people.

As someone said, Zimbabwe is going through a silent genocide, and by the time it ends, thousands will have perished.

In other news, the central bank says it has released $1 billion cash to banks to ease cash shortages.

We have been down this road before, where they claim to inject more money to ease cash shortages, only for the situation to get worse.

Well, if they get it right this time, I will surely gloat about it as it would be a positive for us, we are tired of queuing for cash or worse still, buying it from the streets.

Yes you read it right, cash is sold on the black market in Zimbabwe and I have bought it before on numerous occasions as I was desperate for it – just as I am for good news!

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No water supply in Maun this weekend

*Main water pipe raptured at Nxaraga

*70% water supply shut down for maintenance work



Most parts of Maun and surrounding areas are expected to experience a dry spell this weekend as the Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) cuts water supply for the next two days.

The department’s head of business, Thabo Ndadi, explained that seventy percent supply of water in and around Maun will be shut down to allow for maintenance of main water pipe to the area.

“This week we discovered that our main water pipe that brings in water from Kunyere boreholes has raptured and thus unable to adequately supply water,” explained Ndadi.

Ndadi further confirmed that they started noticing the leak last month but avoided tempering with it as it was during the lockdown and when the country had just reported first cases of the killer Covid-19 disease.

“Our hope and prayer was that the leak would not become so bad before the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, but the water pressure has gone down and therefore we have to fix the problem and we cannot do it without temporarily cutting the flow,” added Ndadi.

Seventy percent of water supply in Maun is from boreholes along Kunyere river in Nxaraga area, while the other two boreholes in Shashe and Sexaxa make up the remaining thirty percent.

“This effectively means Maun will be running with a seventy percent water shortage and we are pleading with members of the community to use water with extra care,” Ndadi added.

In fact some areas will go dry for over 24 hours and WUC has advised people to store water for weekend use today because from tomorrow, taps will be completely dry. “Many other homes will get water way beyond the 24 hours, because after maintenance the water has to make a long journey to reach the taps, for some it will take 48 hours or so. In fact the whole recovery process takes seven days so, it may be practically impossible to complete the recovery within 24 hours.”

Meanwhile Thamalakane river has started to fill up, but the WUC water treatment plant in Borolong is yet to start pumping water from the river as they have to wait for at least a month for the water “to be of better quality to be processed for consumption. Right now the water volume is still low for such an exercise but the plant is ready to start operations. Already we have begun testing the water for quality and it not yet where we want it to be,” Ndadi said.

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Man arrested after fleeing police at roadblock



Sejelo Police in Kanye yesterday arrested a 41-year-old man amid dramatic scenes for traffic offences after he tried to evade the police.

Captured in video footage that went viral on social media since Thursday afternoon, the police officers shot the suspect’s car following repeated attempts to stop him.

Speaking to The Voice Online, Botswana Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube, confirmed the incident noting that the man had been driving behind his father from Seherelela lands when they were stopped at a roadblock at Moatle.

Motube said when the police were still searching his father’s car, the suspect parked his car, swiftly got into his father’s and drove away.

“The police tried to stop him but he kept on driving away until they reached Kanye. The officers shot the car tyre to stop it from moving. He was also dangerously driving in the middle of the village at a high speed. When he stopped, the police tried to arrest him but he was uncooperative. He was armed with a sharp object and resisting arrest, but our officers managed to disarm and arrest him,” said Motube

The police spokesperson said they were yet to establish why the suspect fled the roadblock.

He said investigations were ongoing to and that the offences were yet to be registered before the suspect can be arraigned before court.

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