Gango Edition 19 | 09 Feb 17 | Potholes, Elections and Opportunities

Service Delivery, Potholes, Elections and Scholarships
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Quote of the Week
“As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall”
 
 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes (French philosopher and writer whose novels inspired the leaders of the French Revolution, 1712-1778)

Elections and the Consolidation of Democracy in Africa

Over the years elections have increasingly become an important indicator for commitment towards a democratic national order for many nations. Suffice to say that for most countries that have made significant strides towards the adoption of a democratic political order especially in the global south, such order has relied heavily on free, fair and credible elections to legitimize the exercise of authority within the nation state. However, increasingly, the same elections which have been used as a defining symbol of democracy have also found use by authoritarian regimes which also use them (elections) to legitimise their rule. This has resulted in an increasing number of people progressively losing faith in the electoral process as part and parcel of the package to building and consolidating democratic rule on the continent.

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Potholes on the Streets: Voices from the Streets

Potholes have become a menace and an eyesore on Harare's streets, to the level that recently, Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere declared the situation a "state of disaster". That was after touring some of the affected streets in the capital city. Whilst potholes used to be a preserve for roads that traverse through low-income neighbourhoods, they have since spread to affluent areas like Borrowdale. Though potholes are still largely shared and distributed according to social class, there is no escaping their troubles as they are now also found in the Central Business District.

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STORIFY: #Zimbabwe road network- What next?

Most of Zimbabwe's roads, especially in major towns and cities are in a bad state. This have been further worsened by the incessant rains, which, coupled with the poor drainage drainage system have made most roads non-trafficable. Recently, the Minister of Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing (Saviour Kasukuwere), Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development (Joram Gumbo) and Acting Town Clerk for City of Harare ( Josephine Ncube) immediately declared Harare roads a state of disaster.

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Video

VIDEO: Zimbabwe's Electoral journey- Towards issue based participation

This video depicts Zimbabwe's electoral journey from 2008 to 2013 and also serves to remind the electorate that as the nation prepares for the 2018 plebiscite, their votes should be issue based.

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Africa in Focus

Young people instrumental in shaping democracy in Africa

By Geoffrey Ngui (Kenya)

With at least twenty four African countries going to elections of any kind (Presidential, local authorities, regional, parliamentary and constitutional referendum) this year, 2017 is going to be a busy one. Elections are defining moments for any country whose leadership is truly anchored on democracy as they give the electorate the opportunity to choose their leaders and how they wish to be governed. Sadly, in Africa elections come with fear, victimization, torture and state repressions on the supposed electorates as the incumbent governments and leaders thrive to retain power at all costs.

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Feature

Chaotic land reform haunts many in Raffingora, Mash West

By Kudakwashe Chakabva

The growth of a nation must be measured by the degree at which it enlarges the capabilities and enrich the lives of its entire people. Consumption must be shared; it must strengthen social growth and facilitate human development. This growth must be sustained without mortgaging the choices of future generations. Inequalities have persisted between sexes and ethnic groups choking back the measures that increase consumption and options. Buoyed inequality often leads to increased prevalence of human poverty and more disturbing is when communities are ignorant of these inequalities and accepted them as part of their life passed on from generation to generation.

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Community Based Organization Profile

Wedza Residents Development Initiative Trust (WERDIT)

Wedza Residence Development Initiative Trust (WERDIT) is a registered community based organization (MA 001507/2016) which seeks to work with the residents of Wedza to foster participatory democracy and development. The organisation has vibrant structures in 26 wards of Wedza and enjoys a cordial relationship with Wedza Rural District Council promoting citizen participation in community development in the area.

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Opportunities
Youth Agenda Trust (YAT) is looking for a Finance/Accounting intern. Applicants should be studying towards an Accounting or Finance degree with proficient in Microsoft Office applications. Find out more here
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Allianz Master Scholarships for International Students in Germany, 2017

ESMT Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
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Trinity Business School Scholarships for Non-EU Students in Ireland, 2017

Trinity Business School, Ireland

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
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Free Online Human Rights Course by Utrecht University

Utrecht University

Course starts on February 13, 2017
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University of Sheffield Free Online Course: How to Succeed at Interviews

University of Sheffield

Course Starts on February 27, 2017
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Computer Science Studentships for International Students at University of York in UK, 2017

University of York, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017
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Aberystwyth University's AberDoc PhD Scholarship Scheme in UK, 2017

Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
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Undergraduate Scholarships in Economics and Finance at ICEF, HSE University, 2017

ICEF, HSE University, Moscow

Application Deadline: August 10, 2017
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University of Leeds Liberty Scholarships for Postgraduate Programme, 2017

University of Leeds , United Kingdom

Application Deadline: July 17, 2017
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Faculty of Medicine Scholarships at Imperial College London in UK, 2017

Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: April 25, 2017
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