Mavima intervenes in the Ratidzo Zimcare case

SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

MIRROR REPORTER 

MASVINGO – The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mavhima  wants 22 mentally challenged Ratidzo Zimcare children removed from a makeshift hostel that they are staying and returned to the Roman-Catholic run Alfred Walter Hostels.

Mavima said this in an interview with The Mirror this week and added that his Ministry and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Schools have for the past week been meeting over the matter.

The children were recently removed from Alfred Walter Hostels by the then Ratidzo School head, Everjoice Runesu who wanted them housed at the school in order to get direct Government grants. However, Ratidzo does not have standard hostels so the head converted classroom blocks into hostels in disregard to a directive from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Schools Tumisang Thabelo. 

Ironically the Provincial Education Director for Masvingo, Shylatte Mhike also supported the idea of housing the mentally challenged in makeshift hostels.

At the makeshift hostels children are bathing in buckets used for mopping floors, some of the blankets used by the children were taken from a fowl run, said a source. The toilet facilities are not for a boarding facility but for a block of classrooms and therefore inappropriate for children with mental challenges.

“The two ministries are currently holding meetings. My ministry is represented by the Director (Disability Services) Dr Christine Peta. Our position is that the children should be housed at Alfred Walter Hostels until the school constructs structures that meet the ministry’s standards.

“We are concerned with the quality of boarding facilities that the children are subjected to. As a ministry, we look for the best interests of the children and we are waiting for the outcome,” said Mavima.https://masvingomirror.com/

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