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SUICIDES a trend at Nust ?

“I dont feel happy these days,wish i could just die”

By Tendai Nyambara|Nust-Zw

I found myself looking for a counselling section on the Nust Website a month ago as I had attended a training with an organisation called SAYWHAT (students and Youth working on Reproductive health Action Team) and a question was posed on us as whether we knew where to access contact details for our counsellors incase we might need their assistance and I was one of those who could not answer. I then decided to browse the website to find their details and it took me quite a while to locate their division but still i could not find their details.

Last week I then attended a Nust wellness day in which I met a lot of health practitioners like a dentist who told me I needed to get my tooth a filling, and an optomotrist who checked my eyes and told me that it was highly possible that my eyes were light sensitive and that I needed to see her as soon as possible , but the most interesting talk I had was with the Nust division of students which deals with counselling .

As students we find ourselves in difficult situations where we need help and sometimes we are too proud to communicate .I am trying to imagine a guy at the verge of debt ,they cannot pay rentals in Selbourne Park, the guy probably needs money for food and is trying to manage school work at the same time even if they would love for their parents to help they know how bad the situation is at home whilst with ladies because possibly how the society has shaped us ,it could be pregnancy but I don’t want anyone to know that I am pregnant.I am ashamed most probably.

Ofcourse i am okay !

Last year the August to December semester at Nust was probably the scariest and the most disturbing semesters I have ever seen even though it was only my third semester ever since I have started at Nust.

There were cases of suicides happening one after the other, I recall the one of the first year student who decided to sleep on the railway line https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chronicle.co.zw/pregnant-nust-student-in-train-suicide/amp/and another one was when second year student was found dead in his room by the res and what surprised me was that ,I usually met this guy from afar and he looked ‘well’.https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-146433.html

As we walk around campus every day we are just students that have too much school pressure ,life pressures, too much expectations from our parents and the only way possible to vent out that stress is through partying but I am wondering is that even the right way to do things?

According to the American Psychiatric Association depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately it is also treatable https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression, but it does not have to go to the state of treating when you can just go for counselling services.

Speaking to R. Ndebele a counsellor under the Nust division of student Affairs :Counselling services she mentioned that they offered were one on one, group, relationship, family and even academic counselling in case you have failed and it’s causing some serious negative vibes on you.

She highlighted that students do not come for counselling services as much they would expect them to and even if they did its a few who actually do.

“Students only come when they are on the verge of breaking point”, she said.

And this is definitely not healthy according to her. Could then this be an issue of students that are ignorant and not interested or who probably do not even where to find the division in the Nust website is and have tried looking but failed or the department does not engage with students as often they should ? .Food for thought!

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NUST comes third place in the Zusa games

Tendai Nyambara | Nust-Zw

The University of Science and Technology participated in the Zimbabwe University Sports and Association games, which took place between the 14-17 March this year which saw it getting third position with only 11 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze whilst University of Zimbabwe (UZ) scooped 26 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze followed by the Midlands State University with 23 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze respectively.

Based on the gap between Nust and UZ in terms of gold medals especially, one then questions the capabilities of the participants in these disciplines. Could it be the issue that the other universities have well trained students who are ready to play the game which Nust does not have?

Speaking to Kelvin Mutseta, the soccer Vice Captain, he expressed his concerns on how players sometimes fail to come to all trainings due to school pressure.

‘Some of the guys during the training sessions do not attend the training sessions because they will be having classes’, he pointed out.

However another problem apparent is commitment from the administration at Nust which is failing to support its students in terms of transportation and other necessities that need to be availed for students to prepare well for these games.

According to the Vice Secretary general of the Sports Council Rangarirai Shadaya, ‘Nust has a good sports base in terms of players if only they had adequate support from the admin’,
He added that sometimes buses come late to pick them up as most of their training facilities are off campus therefore which means they need transport which takes them to their different destinations, but because they come late they end up infringing on the scheduled time for training and therefore the time to practice is cut short.

This makes one wonder what the Student Representative Council is doing to solve these problems as Shadaya alluded they had tried to communicate with the council but it seems to have been fruitless.

Unfortunately the Minster of Sports could not be available to comment on these allegations as he mentioned how busy he was organizing the inter faculty games.

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Student jailed 4 years for hit and run killing

Curator | Nust-ZW
2 minute read.

A 25-year-old Zimbabwean student at a South African university has been jailed for four years after he was convicted for killing Harare businessman and socialite Shingi Mukandi in a hit and run road accident last year.

Alfred Machipisa, a third-year student, was convicted of culpable homicide.

He was accused of failing to stop after a fatal road accident to both render assistance and report the accident to the police within the mandatory 24 hours.

Machipisa will however serve 3 years effective after Harare magistrate Edwin Marecha set aside a year of his sentence conditionally.

“The accused deserves punishment for his gross negligence.

“A fine will trivialise the offences and worsening his case is that he did not stop after the accident.

“He only pitched up at the police after three days of manhunt. Maybe if he had stopped to check on the victim, if he was still alive or needed help, it would have been different,” said the magistrate.

Court ruled Machipisa was negligent by travelling at an excessive speed while failing to keep a proper look out.

The magistrate said he also acted negligently by failing to render assistance or guarding Mukandi’s lifeless body.

Prosecuting, Isheunesu Mhiti said on July 22 last year, around 9pm, Machipisa drove a white Isuzu KB300 due west along Harare Drive while trailing Mukandi’s green Kawasaki motor cycle.

Mhiti said as Machipisa passed number 201 Mt Pleasant, he negligently drove his Isuzu at an excessive speed in the circumstances and failed to keep a proper lookout for the road user ahead.

The vehicle that was involved in the accident

“Machipisa failed to keep a safe distance between his car and Mukandi’s motorcycle that was ahead of him and as a result, hit him from behind,” Mhiti said.

Due to the impact, Mhiti said Mukandi flew off the motorcycle and landed approximately 70 meters away from the left side of the tarmac.

His bike was picked some 100 meters away from the point of impact.

Court heard that Mukandi’s body and the damaged motorcycle were discovered by a passer-by who called for an ambulance.

The ambulance crew declared Mukandi dead at the scene. An autopsy was carried out on Mukandi’s body at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and concluded that he died due to injuries sustained in the accident.

At that time, Machipisa had hidden his car at his father’s place in Harare’s Mabelreign and handed himself to the police three days later saying he was still in shock.

Born in 1984, Shingi was the Executive Director and Head of Operations for Freight World which is one of the leading shipping, forwarding and customs clearing organisations which was established in 1991.

The businessman and socialite was known for his partying ways and was a biker.

Original Article: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/shingi-mukandis-killer-driver-jailed-4-years/
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Zimbabwe Announces Suspension Of Customs Duty & Value Added Tax on Sanitary Wear

Curator | Nust-ZW
One minute read

Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube yesterday suspended customs duty on sanitary wear for the next one year.

Presenting the 2019 National Budget in Parliament, Prof Ncube said this was meant to cushion underprivileged women and girls in the interim, while the local supply of sanitary wear improves

I propose to suspend customs duty for sanitary wear for a period of 12 months beginning December 1, 2018. I also propose to exempt imports of sanitary wear from Value Added Tax,’ said Prof Ncube.

POLITICS OF PERIODS

Parliamentarians and various organisations have been running campaigns aimed at advocating for health and wellness particularly access to sanitary wear.

The campaigns call for standardised, affordable prices for sanitary wear, pushing for a mandatory sustainable sanitary wear budget in every Government institution and public spaces, free sanitary wear in schools and also pushing organisations like the United Nations to prioritise girls and young women’s health and wellness.

These campaigns have revealed that:

…many young girls miss school during their menstrual periods, while others are subjected to sexual harassment and abuse as a result of lack of access to sanitary wear, which makes them eventually drop out of school.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs and Youth, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga is on record as saying the health needs of girls should be prioritised by Government.

Parliamentarians from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party have urged the government to invest in the industry and provide free period products as a show of respect.

“Sanitary wear should be made readily available free of charge just like condoms; government should pay for sanitary wear. Government should take the dignity of women and girls seriously,” Jessie Majome, a Zimbabwean legislator from the opposition MDC party, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sources: Chronicle + Reuters
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BREAKING: 30 die as SA bound bus catches fire

Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Gwanda Correspondent

30 PEOPLE have died after a Brooklyn Express bus was reduced to ashes near West Nicholson area in Gwanda on Thursday night.

Civil Protection Unit director Mr Nathan Nkomo confirmed the number of the deceased with the government releasing $15 000 to their families for funeral expenses.

Speaking at the scene of the accident, Matabeleland South police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele said several bodies had been reduced to ashes.

Gwanda Provincial Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Rutendo Manyathi said 27 people sustained injuries- with five being referred to Bulawayo after sustaining severe burns.

Dr Manyati said they are working with various stakeholders to collect the bodies.

The driver of the bus who escaped with minor burns, Mr Ndabazinhle Sikhosana said the fire started after a suspected gas tank explosion.

He said some passengers escaped through the door and windows.

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Pregnant NUST Student in Train Suicide

Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporter

A 19-YEAR-OLD student from the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) in Bulawayo was crushed by a train in an alleged suicide with family members managing to identify her by part of her leg and jacket she was wearing.

Blessing Mangena of Cowdray Park suburb who was a first year Statistics student lay on a railway track near her home on Monday night after her boyfriend allegedly disowned her pregnancy and told her he was married.

The student, who was said to be brilliant in her studies, lived with her uncle as her parents work in South Africa.

Blessing’s parents, Mr and Mrs Mangena, arrived from their South African base yesterday evening and could not contain their grief at the death of their daughter.

Police from Luveve Police station attended the scene.

Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident yesterday afternoon.

“I can confirm that we attended the scene of a case of sudden death where a 19-year-old woman was found lying dead on a railway line. Investigations are underway and at this time we cannot disclose the cause of death,” said Insp Ncube.

The Chronicle visited the family and spoke to Blessing’s uncle, Mr Trust Munkombwe, who lived with her as her parents reside in South Africa.

Mr Munkombwe said he works in Binga but at the time of the death of his niece, he had come home for examinations at Lupane State University.

He said his niece left a suicide note, revealing the reason why she decided to end her life. “She said she was sorry for disappointing the family. She did not know how to break the news to us but she was four and a half months pregnant and had discovered that her boyfriend was married after pretending to be a bachelor during their relationship. She asked us to be strong for her mother,” said Mr Munkombwe.

The suicide note read: “Mum is the best, please comfort her for me. I love her”.

Mr Munkombwe said they started looking for her at around 8PM on Monday to no avail, before they learnt of her death from social media messages, hours later.

“After we had given up looking for her, we saw some viral messages on WhatsApp which were alerting people of a young woman who had been crushed to death by a train at Cowdray Park near the Water Works. I rushed there with my neighbour and to my shock, we discovered that it was my niece. I could only identify her by my jacket that she had borrowed in the morning when she left for school,” he said.

Mr Munkombwe described his niece as a hard working and brilliant student who never had any disciplinary problems at home.

He said she was also an active member of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Cowdray Park suburb.

“It was so painful I could not even look at her. All I could identify her with was my jacket and a piece of her leg and shoes she was wearing. That was all.

If only she had told me, I would not have allowed her to do this. These are the problems of child headed families. I am away at work most of the times so children lack counselling and guidance and neighbours also fail to act in loco parentis as our communities have changed,” said Mr Munkombwe.

“Her parents invested so much in her education. She passed very well at Mtshabezi High School in her O-levels before attaining 13 points in Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Sizane High School for her A-Levels. Her dream was to study Pharmacy, although she was enrolled for Statistics at Nust.”

Blessing is survived by her parents and young brother.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. — @andile_tshuma. Pictures: Zimlive.com

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Great Zimbabwe University to launch Community Radio Station in Masvingo

One minute read

Great Zimbabwe University will soon launch its Campus Radio Station following the recent successful installation of the digital equipment imported from abroad.

The campus radio station, the first to be owned by a university in Zimbabwe, is now awaiting licensing from responsible authorities before it can start broadcasting.

Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo said the radio station will reach out to people living in Masvingo and its surroundings, adding that this non-commercial radio station will broadcast a variety of educational programmes and programmes to enhance social awareness and educate the audience about their social responsibilities.

“We are going to establish a radio station as a university, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe. The radio station will usher in a new era in the history of GZU. We hope to train the best broadcast journalists in Zimbabwe.

Radio plays an important role in our lives and quality journalism is essential in educating, informing and entertaining,” said Prof Zvobgo. The campus radio station will serve as an incubator of the broadcasting talent available at the University.

GZU RADIO

As the government moves to licence more radio stations, graduates from GZU are expected to be well primed for absorption into these new radio stations due to the practical experience they would have acquired from the Campus Radio Station.

Besides terrestrial broadcasting, a website for the station from which the station will stream live, is currently being developed. With livestreaming, the GZU Campus Radio will be accessible to people outside its broadcast radius through the internet. – GZU Facebook

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Suicide after lecturer ‘beds student’s girlfriend’

Patrick Chitumba, Midlands Bureau Chief
One minute read

A FINAL year Local Government student at Midlands State University allegedly hanged himself from the roof truss at his lodgings in Nehosho area in Senga early yesterday morning for unknown reasons.

Walter Temera

Speculation is, however, rife that Walter Temera killed himself in anger after allegedly finding one of his lecturers bedding his girlfriend. It is also said that he was in debt and possibly saw suicide as the only way out.

Midlands Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said reasons why he allegedly took his life were unknown adding that police investigations were underway.

“Yes I can confirm that an MSU student was allegedly found hanging from the roof truss of the toilet at a house where he was staying with other school mates. There are a lot of theories being thrown around but police investigations are underway,” he said.

MSU director of information Mrs Mirirai Mawere also confirmed the sudden death.

“Yes I can confirm the death of one of our students. It’s now a police case and under investigation, “she said.

Students close to the matter said that Temera had travelled to Victoria Falls with other students on an educational tour arriving back in Gweru around 2AM.

“Word is that he tried to jump off a moving bus when they were returning from Victoria Falls but was restrained by other students. The reasons for wanting to commit suicide by jumping off a moving bus are unknown,” said a student on condition of anonymity.

He said when the bus arrived at the Gweru Main Campus – it was suggested that Temera should spend the rest of the night under the watch of his best friend at the Main Campus.

“He allegedly sneaked out of his best friend’s room and went to his lodgings in Nehosho. This morning, he started apologising to his friends for all the wrongs he had done to them telling them that he lived a ‘fake’ life. Then around 7:30AM he was found hanging from a truss in a toilet,” said the student.

However, the student said his neighbour told the police that Temera owed some students money which he was failing to pay back.

Insp Goko appealed to members of the public especially students to consult elders or their lecturers when they face problems.

“It is unfortunate that members of the society resort to such extreme measures in the face of challenges. As police we urge members of the public especially these students to value the sanctity of live. In the face of problems they must consult school authorities, elders in the community, their guardians or the police,” he said.

 

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47 people killed in Rusape horror bus accident: Pictures (Too Graphic!)

Takunda Shumba

4 minute read

At least 47 people died on spot and several others were seriously injured on Wednesday 7 November when two buses were involved in a head on collision near Rusape toll gate along the Harare Mutare highway.

The horror crash involved Smart Express and Bolt Cutter buses.

Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told reporters they have so far identified 47 bodies.

Two of the deceased were minors.

“So far, 47 people have been confirmed dead, 45 adults and two children,” said Asst Comm Nyathi. “The accident occurred at the 166km peg on the Harare-Mutare Road – just after the Rusape tollgate drifting towards Harare.”

“The accident involved a Bolt Cutter bus that was heading towards Mutare which collided with a Smart Express bus which was going to Harare. Police are still attending the accident scene.”

What happened?

An eyewitness who attended the accident scene said: “The driver of the Smart Express bus was trying to overtake a haulage truck and encroached into the lane of the oncoming bus, resulting in the head on collision.

“The driver and conductor of Smart Bus Express survived and are said to have escaped from the scene soon after the accident.”

The two buses drove too close to each other at speed resulting in a side-swipe that completely ripped open the length of the left side of the Smart Express bus.

The rear panel of the Smart Express bus sheared off and sat a few meters from where most of the bus came to a stop off the road.

The other bus, operated by Bolt Cutter, had its front completely destroyed, mangling the door and trapping passengers inside.

The status of the Bolt Cutter driver could not be ascertained last night.

Some passengers were trapped in the bus and could be heard crying for help.

When the Chronicle Harare Bureau news crew arrived at the scene of the accident, the road was blocked and rendered impassable with bodies, the injured and their luggage strewn all over the place.

The Rusape fire brigade quickly responded and helped remove the trapped passengers.

Local Hospital Overwhelmed

The Rusape fire brigade quickly responded and helped remove the trapped passengers.

A doctor resident at Rusape General Hospital said at least 70 people had been admitted to the hospital.

“People are still coming in, but according to our register now, 70 people have been admitted to the hospital,” said the doctor who could not be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Similar tragedies

The disaster is already Zimbabwe’s second highest death toll from a bus crash since the Nyanga Bus Disaster of August 1991 that killed 89 people.

The second worst disaster involved a King Lion bus on its way to Zambia which killed 45 people in the Nyamakate area, about 30km before Makuti on the Harare-Chirundu highway in June last year.

That second spot had for a long time been held by a Mhunga bus that ploughed into the Shashe River near Masvingo on the highway to Harare in June 2002, killing 40 people.

Below are pictures of the two buses.

Please note: Pictures have been edited as they are not suitable for those of a nervous disposition.

Source:ZWnews.com + Chronicle Zim

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Students’ protests ‘Pfeeeeee’ as kombi fares hike

By Staff Reporters

2 minute read

As the economy continues to spiral out of control, with basic commodities’ prices shooting up, students haven’t been spared from the madness.

From the 50cents, that was already too high for them, UZ students woke up to find that there’ll be yet another adjustment to their budgets.

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UZ students protests. Credit: bulawayo24.com

“Kana zvikanesta toenda netsoka” was the new slogan at the University of Zimbabwe today as students protested against the newly introduced kombi fares of 75 cents, which rendered their daily dollar deals obsolete, taking away the value a single dollar had in their lives.

Speaking to Campus Moments Magazine, a UZ student only identified as Tkay condemned the hike as daylight robbery, arguing that it was not consistent with their budgets.

“Its not fair you know, we are only students and are not working and we cant cope with these fares. My ‘coin’ has lost its value and my budget is already strained for me to squeeze out $1.50 for transport,” Tkay said.

In a short video in possession of this publication, students were chanting slogans and vowing to resort to walking than to pay the extra $0.50 cents for a return trip on top of the dollar they were used to paying

This challenge hit hard especially students who stay away from the college premises.

Another UZ student, Tariro Mandiri said, “I paid $0.75 today, they were not negotiating anything. I think we are the most affected and we wouldn’t have to worry about all this if we had enough accommodation in rez.”

According to Tawanda, a kombi driver who ferries UZ students, the ongoing economic crunch and fuel shortages in the country is what has necessitated their unwelcome review of prices.

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“If you look closely, as commuters, we have been reluctant to react to the ongoing economic challenge, but at the end of the day, we are in this for profits. Everything has gone up, and if we continue charging what we were charging, we would better park these vehicles,” said Tawanda.

Another kombi driver, Nicholas Chebvute argued that the fuel queues were also eating into their productive time, forcing them into the black market.

“To be frank, if we are to follow the queues, it would be hard to make anything,’ Chebvute said, “so we are forced to buy from the black market where a mere 5 litres costs $10 where as I could get the same at a very reasonable cost of about $7 but we are a time sensitive businesses and we cant spend more than an hour in a fuel queue because that is a complete trip.”

As the economy continues on a downward path, the students’ community has continued to press the government to take the necessary steps to abate the situation so as to save the future of the nation littered across colleges.

If you are student in college and would like to write on this platform, get in touch with us here: newsroom@campusmoments.org