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DA Turns Classrooms into Cattle Pens

DA Turns Classrooms into Cattle Pens

MASVINGO, January 14, 2012 – In a shocking act of children rights abuse, 
Masvingo Acting District Administrator (DA) James Murapa who doubles as 
staunch Zanu-PF supporter has turned Beza Primary School classrooms into 
pens for his cattle.

Primary school children are now being forced to share classrooms with cattle 
and goats.

Beza Primary School is situated in a farm, formerly owned by Benly Mitchel, 
a white farmer who was booted out at the height of fast track land reform 

Murapa who grabbed the farm is justifying using the classrooms saying the 
buildings are party of his property since they are in his farm.

Murapa refused to comment saying he had no time to respond to VOP. “I have 
no time for you, write whatever you want. I know that you are biased, you 
are anti-land reform,” said Murapa.

His boss, Masvingo Provincial Administrators and Acting Governor for 
Masvingo Felix Chikovo said he needed more time to investigate the issue.

“I was not aware of the incident, let me investigate the issue and come back 
to you,” said Chikovo.

Parents with children who are sharing same buildings with cattle and goats 
condemned Murapa saying he is abusing his powers.

“We are threatened of being removed from our plots every time that we 
confront him. We are scared that our children might get infected by diseases 
because they are forced to clear cow dung from their
classrooms every day,” said Antony Moyo who has a grade 3 child.

Masvingo Provincial Education Director (PED), Clara Dube said the issue was 
too political.

“I am not very sure but I think the issue is too political,” she said.


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