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OUTSPOKEN Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general, Raymond Majongwe, has hit out at the ministry of education permanent secretary after she allegedly ordered his group to stop visiting victims of the Tokwe Mukosi floods. Speaking in Harare early this week, Majongwe vowed to defy Constance Chigwamba’s order and “fight the madness”, adding that some 2,000 children displaced by the floods were not attending school due to the government’s lack of disaster preparedness.

Instead of harassing his organisation, Chigwamba could explain to the nation how much she was paid for her involvement with the corruption-hit Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS), Majongwe added.

“The permanent secretary wants to ban a union registered by government. This is the same permanent secretary who has not yet told what she did with the money she was paid from the Premier Service Medical Aid Society,” charged the unionist.

“She has not told the nation that she is a beneficiary of the looting of Premier Service Medical Aid Society but she takes time to say the PTUZ cannot visit schools as if she built any school anywhere. We will fight madness of that nature.”

Last week the PTUZ announced plans to visit a number of schools which were affected by the floods early this year.

According to the union, over 2,000 school-going children, who were displaced by the floods, have not been attending school.

“We are talking about between 2,500 and 2,900 school going children who were attending Mulali Secondary School, Mulali Primary School, Tokwe Mukosi Primary School and Nyuni Primary School.

“We are talking of children who are now leaning under a makeshift sheds because of disaster ill-preparedness of the government,” said Majongwe.

He challenged the Zanu PF government to alleviate the plight of the school children

“So here we are looking at a sad scenario where kids have been deliberately denied their right to education and a future because of a government pursuing a process and an economic blue print called ZimAsset,” he said.

“I think they did not include disaster management as one of the few topics to obviously assist them in dealing with some of these challenges.

“I think ZimAsset only looked at a glorious future with companies reopening and everything but ignored looking at what then happens when things go wrong.”

Source : New Zimbabwe