ZHOMBE – Zimbabwe now has over 170 community information centres as the government forges
ahead with its mandate of providing access to information to all citizens and businesses for free.
The latest information kiosk was launched by the Minister of Information Communication
Technology, Postal and Courier Services Dr Jenfan Muswere at Zhombe Post Office where 680
computers were donated for ICT labs in Midlands schools.
The launch of the Zhombe Community Information Centre was in tandem with the National
Development Strategy (NDS 1).
Speaking at the launch of the information centre Minister Muswere said Zimbabwe now has 170
information centres which can be accessed for free.
"You will be trained on how to use the new technology and equipment at the information centre.
You will be able to use ICT labs. You will be using these information centres for free. The President
(Emmerson Mnangagwa) said all people in Zhombe should have access to information.
“These are some of the programmes which we are establishing in our country in line with providing
access to information to all citizens and businesses,” he said.
Muswere announced that government will come up with a national e-learning strategy whereby
schools in rural areas, peri urban and urban areas will be provided with computers “so that all
learners will acquire digital skills”.
During the same function, the ICT Minister also donated computers for schools ICT Labs in every
constituency in the Midlands province, in line with the national e-learning strategy, which is in
tandem with the fourth industrial revolution.
Computers were handed over to 28 schools (both primary and secondary) in the Midlands province.
Under the national e-learning strategy each school will receive 30 computers for their ICT computer
In a speech read on his behalf by Kwekwe District Development Coordinator Fortune Mupungu, the
Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Larry Mavima hailed the ICT Ministry
for launching the information centre in Zhombe.
"We are very much honoured and feel proud that Zhombe has been chosen to these momentous
commemorations being celebrated here under the theme 'Artificial intelligence, e-governance and
access to information, leaving no one and no place behind. In this digital age information has
become the driver for economic growth and sustainable development.
"As such key decisions that shape the social economic trajectory of any nation, organisation or even
as individuals are often made based on the information that they have to access. We are happy
today that the information experts from the telecommunication sector and media houses are here
as way to show their services for the various initiatives that there are doing in promoting responsible
and secure use of ICTs to increase access to information and bridge the digital divide,” he said.
Senator Mavima appealed to the ICT Ministry to consider establishing community information
centres in villages.
Meanwhile, NetOne donated five computers to four schools in Zhombe, namely Donjani Secondary
School, B Mine Secondary School, St Theresa Secondary, Fafi and the fifth computer was donated to
Zhombe Police Station.
Telone also donated sanitary wear and exercise books to five schools namely Ntabane Secondary
School, St Maria Secondary School and Somalala Secondary School.