• Matjinge Clinic Opens Doors to Better Care for Women

    The opening of Gambu rural health centre brings to an end pregnant women's suffering in getting proper health services in Bulilima district.


    The official opening of Gambu Clinic has lightened the load for villagers who had to walk up to 20 kilometres to access nearest health facility.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | FEB 3, 2023

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  • Remaining Green Amidst of Environmental Threats in Matabeleland

    Hwange's environmental hazards caused by widespread mining are proving a threat to the region’s green economy. Image by iStock


    After years of intact environment and unspoiled natural resources in Matabeleland, the region needs measures to remain green as human induced threats pose serious threats to biodiversity.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | FEB 3, 2023

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  • Hwange Residents Increasingly Bear Brunt of Climate Change

    In Hwange, climate experts forecast less rainfall and increasing rainfall unpredictability resulting in recurrent droughts. Image by AdobeStock


    In Hwange, the environmental, human, economic and social costs of climate change are increasingly becoming more clear—negative developments that require urgent action.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 30, 2023

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  • Community Advocates Help Dozens of Marginalized Youths Enroll for Nursing

    To debunk myths that in Matabeleland there are no qualified youths, community advocates help dozens of youths enroll for nursing. Image by NewZimbabwe


    With over 500 applicants from Matabeleland already assisted, they are working to improve their initiative.

    BY DIVINE DUBE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 27, 2023

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  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Scourge: In Mat North, Predators Escalate Livestock Losses

    Hwange National Park wildlife location in Zimbabwe, Africa | Wildlife  Worldwide

    Predators such as wolves are giving villagers a torrid time. Photo: Wildlife Worldwide


    In Matetsi, wild animals are interfering with livestock farming. Villagers say their livelihoods are at risk.

    BY CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 22, 2023

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  • No Water Bucket, No Treatment: The Plight of Patients at Garanyemba Clinic

    Without a bucket of water, expecting mothers are turned away. Photo: AI


    At Garanyemba Clinic, you either bring a bucket of water or don't get treated. The community is searching for a lasting solution.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 18, 2023

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  • Manama Hospital in Dismal State Despite $28M Investment

     Lack of funds stalls renovations at Manama Mission HospitalManama Mission Hospital (File photo)


    Several months after receiving millions of dollars from the central government and independent donors for renovations and upgrades, the hospital remains in a dismal state. The community is seeking answers.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 16, 2023

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  • Teen Pregnancies and STIs A Fresh Headache for Matabeleland

    Illustration generated using AI/The Citizen Bulletin


    Teenage pregnancies and the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections are threatening the social fabric of Matabeleland. Victims blame ignorance.

    BY MELODY MPANDE | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 12, 2023

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  • Hunting Ban Backtracks Community Development

    A lion roaming in Hwange National Park. Photo by National Geographic 


    Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, villagers benefited from the proceeds of hunting which they used to build critical infrastructure such as schools and clinics. With the outbreak of the disease, all that was lost.

    CALVIN MANIKA | @The_CBNews | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | JAN 6, 2023

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A Wave Of Violent Crimes Unsettles Bulawayo Residents

Bulawayo police have recorded several cases of violent muggings, theft and armed robbery over the past weeks. Image by Unsplash


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Over the past weeks, cases of violent crimes have been awash in the mainstream media and on social media platforms, now residents and the police are intensifying partnerships to weed out the criminals.


BULAWAYO (The Citizen Bulletin) — BULAWAYO has been hit by a spate of violent crimes in recent weeks — including that of a gang that randomly went around Mabutweni suburb on separate days axing up to a dozen people, resulting in two fatalities.
      
Three of the suspects appeared at the Bulawayo Magistrates Court on May 20 following their arrest facing seven counts of attempted murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of murder and six counts of unlawful entry and theft.
 
On May 12, three female members of the same family aged 15, 19 and 21 were gang-raped and without protection when an armed gang raided their Rangemore home around 7 p.m, before getting away with US$10, 50rands and ZWL$180.
 
On May 22, a female employee at Liquor Supplies at Ascot Shopping Centre died when she was shot during an armed robbery, adding to the several cases of violent muggings, theft, armed robbery cases reported across Bulawayo by police.

Residents have been outraged by such episodes which some go unreported.


“These and many other criminal activities are really out of hand.”
Winos Dube, Bulawayo United Residents Association chairperson


Golden Sibanda, a father of three from Magwegwe high-density suburb adds: “No single day passes without reports of muggings, and burglary cases. The thieves have also been daring in committing the crimes.”

In response, police have launched stop and search patrols, night patrols and banned the carrying of weapons such as firearms, axes and machetes – weapons of choice for armed criminal gangs terrorising city residents, even during the day.
 
A number of residential areas such as Pumula have also revived neighbourhood watch committees (NWCs) in an effort to involve the public in policing issues in response to the high incidence of criminal acts.
 
Each household is contributing as little as 10rand towards incentivising the NWCs, The Citizen Bulletin established.
 
“That is a good move which communities are doing; we encourage communities to strengthen NWC’s everywhere.  Incentivising them (NWC’s) is another way towards fighting the latest crime wave,” Dube says.
 
The NWC scheme was introduced in 1984.
 
The scheme targets property owners who join and assist to conduct night patrols in their respective areas.
     
It involves residents becoming more responsive to the risk of crime and taking action to protect their own and neighbours’ property.
 
According to police, such actions may include marking of property and reporting suspicious activity, patrolling neighbourhoods and improving home security which reduces the opportunity for crime and increases chances of detection.


“We urge members of the public to also report people with suspicious behaviour so as to ensure they are investigated by police.”
Abednico Ncube, Bulawayo ZRP provincial spokesperson


According to Ncube, a tip-off by members of the public led to the arrest of the Mabutweni’s axe-wielding gang members.