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Matabeleland Collective speaks on tribal recruitment of student nurses in Matabeleland.

11 Oct 2019 at 12:52hrs | Views
Matabeleland Collective strongly condemns the unfair, tribal motivated recruitment of student nurses at Brunapeg, Mangwe, Gwanda, only one student at St Lukes, over 95 % of student nurses at Mpilo School of Nursing and is disappointed and taken aback by glaring Institutionalised Discrimination in the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

Matebeleland Collective is shocked by findings revealed by the Chronicle Newspaper that  UBH only recruited one student each from Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South but 10 from Harare. Only four are from Bulawayo and Midlands also contributed."St Anne's Hospital in Brunapeg, Mangwe recruited no students from Matabeleland South or North provinces. Gwanda hospital also in the same region recruited zero students from Matabeleland South where it is located just like St Luke's Hospital. The mission hospital in Lupane only got one student from Matabeleland North,"

Matebeleland Collective calls for an investigation for this scandal that was also confirmed by Mpilo clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya who also heads the school of nursing  confirmed  that this time around, the selection and interviews were done from Harare and none of them from Mpilo of Nursing was consulted. He told state owned Chronicle Newspaper of 06 October 2019 that they received the 24 names of the student nurses who started on Monday and all these were a recommendation from the head office in Harare.

The move by the Ministry of Health and Child Care also flies in the face of what President Mnangagwa promised in the Implementation Matrix produced at the 21 March engagement meeting. The Head of State in number 9 â€" Social Services pledged to ensure that his government will devolve government processes by prioritising local businesses in the awarding of local tenders and GIVING LOCALS FIRST PREFERENCE WHEN FILING  POSITIONS"

This is also a violation of:

Section 3 (f) recognition of the equality of all human beings (Founding Principles),

Section 13 (4) "The State must ensure that local communities benefit from the resources in their areas."

Section 18 (2) reads"  The State and all institutions and agencies of the State and government at every level must take practical measures to ensure that all local communities have equitable access to resources to promote their development."

Section 56  (3) Every person has the right not to be treated in an unfairly discriminatory manner on such grounds as their nationality, race, colour, tribe, place of birth, ethnic or social origin, language, class, religious belief, political affiliation, opinion, custom, culture, sex, gender, marital status, age, pregnancy, disability or economic or social status, or whether they were born in or out of wedlock."

Section 264 (d) to recognise the right of communities to manage their own affairs and to further their development; (e) "To ensure the equitable sharing of local and national resources;.."

Matabeleland Collective pledges to shutdown some of these training centres if government does not intervene to reverse these unfair practice from these nursing training institutions. Matabeleland Collective also urges government to immediately implement devolution of power in order to curb these unfair structural practices that favour other regions over the other."

Matebeleland Collective also invite legislators and other political players from this region to take note of such divisive actions/ discrepancies and assist in the broader collective to nip them in the bud."

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Source - Matabeleland Collective
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