By Nyasha Mutena
Government has noted with great concern the high teenage pregnancies as well as very low school completion rates at primary and secondary school, food insecurity that is currently rife in the San Community in Tsholotsho District, Matabeleland North Province.
Addressing journalists during the post cabinet briefing on Tuesday the 27th of July 2021, Information minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa attributed this community’s food insecurity mainly to human wildlife conflict and failure to practise modern agriculture.
Following a visit by a delegation from the ministry of Local Government and Public Works to this area, Senator Mutsvangwa says they also discovered that many do not have vital identity documents.
“The delegation noted that the San people lack birth certificates and identity documents. The Second Republic has made undertakings to ensure that the right to equality and non-discrimination is realised,” she said.
Meanwhile, she mentioned that the Midlands State University has already translated the Constitution, the National Development Strategy 1: 2021-2025 as well as COVID-19 information manuals into the San/Tjwao language, with a view to expediting measures to safeguard the San community and advance its development.
As such, Senator Mutsvangwa said government directed that every Ministry identify and take up a developmental role in areas inhabited by the San/Tjwao communities; that two or three primary and an equal number of secondary schools be set up as boarding schools in areas easily accessible to San/Tjwao communities, in order to enhance school completion rates; that the Registrar General’s Office must issue birth and identity documents to the inhabitants of San/Tjwao and similar communities in Zimbabwe who have been unable to obtain such documentation.
Also, the Ministry of Health and Child Care is expected to establish clinics that will benefit the San/Tjwao and other similarly disadvantaged communities. Furthermore , Security Ministries are encouraged to waiver the entry requirements to enable San/Tjwao citizens to enlist into the uniformed services whilst the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works is also urged to expeditiously appoint headmen and chiefs to enhance the participation of the San/Tjwao in governance.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development is urged to ensure the timeous release of funds requested by ministries for the implementation of development programmes and projects in San/Tjwao communities.