|The other side of policing|
|Friday, 06 July 2012 10:39|
TUCKED away in the hot and arid hinterland area of Mudzi lies a family leading a bare and precarious existence, surviving mainly on the wild fruit — masawu.
While its sounds stranger than fiction, the reality pains so as much as the groin pains on behalf of the sore.
The Ndowa family of Penga Penga Village, Chimukoko Ward in Mudzi, not only rely on this wild fruit to keep body and soul together, but the mother and her two children have to contend with a rare medical condition that has beset them for the better part of their lives.
So acute is their condition — which is commonly referred to as Down’s syndrome — that their community has literally ostracised them.
They suffer from a congenital disorder caused by the weak make-up of their DNA which has resulted in stunted body growth, flat faces, and handicapped limbs compounded by mental retardation.
Cecilia (63) and her two children cannot walk on their own but rely on the head of the family Taitos Ndowa also 63 who is able-bodied and has to carry them from one place to another, bath them, feed them or help them with anything they want.
What started off as simple day of relaxation at home watching the news bulletin on television in November last year, turned out to be a heart-rending journey for Mrs Isabel Chihuri, wife to Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Augustine Chihuri, which eventually linked her to the Ndowa family.
from the ZRP which is involved in charity work for orphans, widows, the less privileged as well as various income-generating projects to assist women.
This week, Mrs Chihuri, through her emissary, Superintendent Eunice Marimo, who is also the Deputy Chaplain-General in the ZRP, paid the Ndowa another visit during they donated goodies worth US$600 as well as US$200 cash for the family’s upkeep.
“Mwari ngaakudzwe, ndanga ndichitokutaurai (Praise be to God, I was just talking about you),” said an ecstatic Mrs Ndowa, who unlike her children, is able to speak.
Superintendent Marimo, who was visibly touched by the situation she was witnessing, said: “We have come here at the behest of the Chihuri family and on behalf of the entire police force.
“We believe that God gave us His son Jesus Christ out of love for all of us and in the same vein it is also our obligation to give back that love to others.
“Our neighbours are not giving us any assistance and we are grateful to you. Chief Nyamukowo also came to our assistance when he donated three bags of maize and some clothes to us.
He said he does all the domestic and household duties including ploughing using their two beasts.
Superintendent Marimo said Kuyedza Women’s Club, through Mrs Chihuri, was going to keep on extending a helping hand to the family.