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School, Community Clash Over Mvule Tree

The school management sold off the Mvule tree to allegedly buy wire mesh to fence off the school. However, the community members will not have any of this, saying they were not consulted.
16 Aug 2018 07:43

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There is a dispute between the management of Bukewa Primary School in Bwagogo Sub County Manafwa district and the neighboring community over a big Mvuletree in the school compound.

The school management sold off the Mvule tree to allegedly buy wire mesh to fence off the school. However, the community members will not have any of this, saying they were not consulted.

Bernard Bwayo, a resident of the area, says they use the contested tree to conduct their cultural rituals during circumcision and will not allow anyone to cut it. Bwayo says the contested mvule tree has been used by the communities for generations.

//Cue in:”lisomero ni managementi…

Cue out:…from himself”//

Jackie Mutuwa, a parent in the School, says the community members fault the school for not involving them in school matters, adding that the school never invites them for any meeting.

//Cue in:”ba bikhali…

Cue out:…ku police”//

Sarah Muyama, the Head teacher Bukewa Primary School, says the decision to sale off the tree was reached by the school management.

She says management resolved to sell the tree to buy wire mesh to fence off the school to stop the increased theft of school property including iron bars, windows and teaching material. 

Muyama some of the community members use the classrooms to answer nature's call and smear feces on the walls.

//Cue in:”Babandu ni…

Cue out:…she is still mad”///

Our reporter toured the classrooms and saw feces on the walls of one of the classes.