By Rumbidzai Dube
Asked to name the basic human rights, people mention education, shelter, the right to vote, the right to identification and many others. Having any one of these human rights infringed causes people to take to the streets. The human right that only a few people have taken to the streets about is the right to Water - the right to clean, sufficient, safe, physically accessible, affordable water. Zimbabwe has had water issues for far too long and sadly the Unity Government has been doing nothing but tossing the responsibility for this problem around like a hot potato.
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has recently stated that they will make it compulsory for Mobile network providers within the country to share towers and infrastructure effective in 2013 as a prerequisite of the renewal of their operating licences.
POTRAZ director General, Engineer Charles Sibanda recently stated " The work has been done, what is now left is the announcement by the policy maker and hopefully the announcement will be made soon."
The latest development in the Indigenisation/Land issue in Zimbabwe is the move by several high ranking ZANU-PF officials to take over the Save Conservancy, a world renowned wildlife conservancy in the South East of the country where one of the only remaining black rhino populations in the world still exists. Follow these links to find out more about this extremely sensitive issue:
In a recent discussion with some friends and colleagues and inspired by an article written by Vince Musewe which I read on Zimbabwe Situation (http://www.zimbabwesituation.com), we realised there are several reasons why many people have chosen to stay here against all odds since 2000. Here are a few:
What exactly is it that Zimbabwe is contributing at the Earth Summit in Brazil when it is a serious offender on environmental issues? Let me name a few:
-An outdated water system, with rusted pipes which regularly spring leaks which are left unattended for days, and sometimes weeks or months, resulting in the loss of thousands of litres of precious treated drinking water.
-Drilling of numerous boreholes due to the shortage of municipal water which will lead to huge reductions in groundwater levels.