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Westprop CEO, Ken Sharpe, at Makudo, Chitsa village. Pic By Shingirai Vambe

7 Schools Connected In Rural Gutu

By Shingirai Vambe

Businessman and millionaire Ken Sharpe of Westprop have made life easier for school going children of Chitsa village in Gutu by donating 10 Computers at a library and computer laboratory to assist in their education.

Sharpe told the gathering that at Makudo that he is ploughing back to the community a pledge he made with and for God, to give back 51%, through community initiatives and corporate social responsibilities.

“We started a company with my partner, J.W. Oliver, from United States of America (USA), I told him we already have money, and we need no more, thus, we give 51 percent share from the business, back to God. That is the reason why you see us here today, giving back to the community,” Sharpe said.

Businesswoman and philanthropist, Divine Ndlukula, converted her parents’ shop into a library, back in 2021. The library is said to have helped and continue to help seven (7) schools in Chitsa village, with current stock of books for both primary and secondary students.

Through her company, Securico, Ndlukula managed to renovate and solarized the building.

Guest of honor at the event, Minister of Information, Communication, Technology, Tatenda Mavetera said the Government of Zimbabwe has also donated 10 computers and through her ministry, she will ask for the library to be internet connected.

“Would like to thank Dr Divine Ndlukula for coming up with this initiative, to establish a library for school going children, and Mr Shape for donating computers, complementing Government’s effort, of leaving no one and no place behind setting up community information centers across the country,” said Mavetera.

Firorumwe schools students attending the launch and official opening of the computer laboratory. pic by Shingirai Vambe in Gutu.

She acknowledged the existing gap.

Chief Nyika.C. Chitsa told the Post On Sunday Newspaper that the nearest point to access internet was either at Gutu Centre, 65km from Makudo or Murambinda growth point, 50km away from his village.

“Our area is still under developed, no grid power and mobile network are a big challenge that we have to move from one place to another to access or make a phone call,” added Chief Chitsa.

During the official hand-over ceremony, Shape gave a brief background on how he started and became a millionaire, coming from rural Mazoe area, going to South Africa and Malawi selling sweets, he grew and became a millionaire. He urged students to make good use of the computer laboratory and library, urging parents to do all they can, even doing piece jobs (Maricho) to pay school fees for their children.